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Process: Sweet Peas with Kim Westad

Sep 27, 2011

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For this week’s video we are resurfacing an old favorite.

Kim Westad is a ceramics artist who lives and works in the Bronx, New York. She opened up her studio to show me the delicate process involved in making her Sweet Pea porcelain vessels. The Sweet Peas are minimal and elegantly rotund little “characters,” and despite having a simple matte white finish of unglazed porcelain on the outside, their true colors shine from the inside out. Each Sweet Pea is similar to the others, but completely unique in and of itself.

Kim’s story starts like many others’ — she was formally trained in Graphic Design — but after she found working for others artistically unfulfilling, she took a friend’s advice and started attending a pottery class. Five years later she has the successful ceramics career she enjoys today.

Watching Kim’s process firsthand, it’s clear to me that she draws on her background to unify her work, but clearer still is that she is doing exactly what she was designed to do. Seeing her forms take shape through swift graceful movements is both inspiring and mesmerizing. Her hands and wrists move in calculated yet fluid motions, while her gaze is calmly fixed on every minute detail of her work.

With such a refined skill, it is difficult to imagine Kim making a mistake, but she says much of her success lies in errors. Like a phoenix from ashes, she concedes that if she can make something once  — even if it fails — she can always make it better a second time.

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124 comments

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 7 years ago

    FUN!! Oh I love hearing more about artists that have found their true medium and calling.. *warm fuzzies* -Benny

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 7 years ago

    Kim - Your work is just awesome! Love the white with all the colors!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 7 years ago

    Beautiful vessels. Love the flower mug! Keep up the amazing work!

  • ShauneilSupplies

    ShauneilSupplies said 7 years ago

    What a cool process and beautiful finished product!

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 7 years ago

    that looks sooo relaxing

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 7 years ago

    Very very cool! Her work is so beautiful! I love ceramics. I have been looking for an open studio where I can fire some pieces. No luck.

  • JessicaTorrant

    JessicaTorrant said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful, meditative video. I love your work, Kim!

  • travellingcircus

    travellingcircus said 7 years ago

    Wonderful work...very inspiring to learn about artists that start off in a different field of work and eventually find their calling!

  • missindie

    missindie said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh, so cute!!!

  • jCranejewelry

    jCranejewelry said 7 years ago

    Watching her work is soothing...from the bright, crisp, white studio space to the repetitive spinning of the wheel! Love the work, so clean and beautiful!

  • EarthElements

    EarthElements said 7 years ago

    Simple and elegant work, definitely with character.

  • waisze

    waisze said 7 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video. Amazing artist. Truly beautiful work!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Wow!! Very beautiful and organic! Love the delicate Fruit Bowl.

  • PipingHotPapers

    PipingHotPapers said 7 years ago

    Now that's what I call a featured artist!! Loved the video and the process of creating!

  • ASADesigns

    ASADesigns said 7 years ago

    These are so beautiful and unique! They remind me of little sea creatures! Wonderful!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    Her creations are soooo amazing!!!!

  • embellishjewelry

    embellishjewelry said 7 years ago

    So simple, yet they make a very powerful statement. Beautiful!

  • timberdoodledesigns

    timberdoodledesigns said 7 years ago

    I love to hear about graphic designers finding their true calling (and making a living) in a medium other than computers!!! Way to go, Kim, and wonderful work!

  • yumiyumi

    yumiyumi said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your work process Kim! Your work is beautiful.

  • midnightgrammar

    midnightgrammar said 7 years ago

    Great video into Kim's process. I've always loved her pieces, they're so simple and beautiful.

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 7 years ago

    I love the sweet peas they are so cute. She is very talented and makes it look so easy on the wheel.

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 7 years ago

    I love Kim's work & really enjoyed seeing the process! Thanks heaps for sharing! :)

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous. You really captured that intimate quite time when making ceramics and when one is really connecting with their work. Kim is an inspiration.

  • AprilAdriance

    AprilAdriance said 7 years ago

    Amazing!Beautiful!

  • TheSpeeceCollection

    TheSpeeceCollection said 7 years ago

    Your theme and variation of your sweet peas is quite eye-catching! Lovely work.

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous video, stunning work! I loved watching Kim at the wheel, her delicate touch and focused intent.

  • pengpengs

    pengpengs said 7 years ago

    Love Kim's work! what great insight to her process!

  • LifeInThePastLane

    LifeInThePastLane said 7 years ago

    Kudos to Kim - fabulous pieces!

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 7 years ago

    I loved watching the video and the creative process at work. Absolutely gorgeous..Love the Sweet peas!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very nice

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 7 years ago

    Lovely. Makes me long for the days when I dabbled on the wheel. What a wonderful studio space.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    absolutely beautiful work..always inspiring to see an artist create... thank you for sharing!

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 7 years ago

    That was so much fun to watch! Now I'm inspired to make ceramics :D hehe...if only I had the time.

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 7 years ago

    fantastic space!!

  • SweetPeaFabrications

    SweetPeaFabrications said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful video! You have become one of my favorites! Hope to be back to shop!

  • DeBonisOrquera

    DeBonisOrquera said 7 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    thanks for the video of Kim working - it was a priviledge to have an insight into her work. Conflict yet harmony! thank you!

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 7 years ago

    Yay! One of my first favorited shops. Beautiful work.

  • VedaArtsFabrics

    VedaArtsFabrics said 7 years ago

    pretty frickin' rad

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 7 years ago

    i love ceramic used to learn that b4..this all so beautiful :D

  • memekiwii

    memekiwii said 7 years ago

    i so much enjoy watching other potters at work..this was a great video from start to finish!! Thank you! xoxoxo

  • TheFigLeaf

    TheFigLeaf said 7 years ago

    Those are stunning - fantastic pics also!

  • tinalewis

    tinalewis said 7 years ago

    I love her work. Can't wait to watch the video.

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 7 years ago

    That was a beautiful video. I feel so relaxed after watching it! Gorgeous ceramics, too.

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 7 years ago

    I so enjoyed this video! Thank You so much Kim for sharing your process with us, Your pieces are just Gorgeous ♥

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 7 years ago

    She is a true ceramic artist!

  • Lirola

    Lirola said 7 years ago

    Wonderful pieces!

  • MSHandbags

    MSHandbags said 7 years ago

    What a great video, it's so wonderful to be invited into Kim's studio.

  • amyluo

    amyluo said 7 years ago

    I love her pieces and I love her! She was such a sweet person when I met her at 2007's Renegade Craft fair! It was pretty amazing, getting to see the process, that is.

  • threelle

    threelle said 7 years ago

    I love the pieces I purchased from you! I get so many compliments on them. I really enjoyed watching this video to see you in action!

  • woollypuppy

    woollypuppy said 7 years ago

    That was beautiful to watch!

  • CoraDesigns

    CoraDesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work thank you

  • polarity

    polarity said 7 years ago

    So amazing and beautiful! Kim has such incredible skill she can make this look effortless and I have worked on the wheel and it is so hard. What talent and inspiration!

  • lucyy325

    lucyy325 said 7 years ago

    Your work is sooo beautiful and I have finally had the pleasure to see you create them. I want to buy every one of them.

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 7 years ago

    Relaxes me just to look at her pieces!

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 7 years ago

    Been a fan of Kim's work for sometime now. Very nice to see the process - makes me appreciate it that much more. It's very calming listen and watch - thanks!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful work, and I love it even more after seeing Kim's process.

  • kimwestad

    kimwestad said 7 years ago

    thanks so much everyone!

  • nharburger

    nharburger said 7 years ago

    Watching this video just made my day! Beautiful, beautiful work.

  • dkoss2

    dkoss2 said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful process and beautiful work! such an inspiration!

  • niTeBecOmEsdAy

    niTeBecOmEsdAy said 7 years ago

    i love the simplicity of the work. so beautiful!

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 7 years ago

    It's wonderful watching Kim making her beatiful work!

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 7 years ago

    I loved watching that! Very inspiring!

  • Moosemom

    Moosemom said 7 years ago

    That was interesting and informative. Was nice to watch your process from start to finish. Nice work.

  • kwestad

    kwestad said 7 years ago

    My beautiful sister doing exactly what she was meant to do, create beautiful art. This video brought tears to my eyes because I never make the time to see what wonderful things you are doing. You are so very talented and I'm so proud to be your sister. I loved listening to what your thinking process is as you create something. It was so soothing to listen to. This was an eye opening experience for me to watch in many ways so thank you for sending it to me. I am truly amazed at what you do.

  • Ornamentii

    Ornamentii said 7 years ago

    I used to do pottery many moons ago, and it was a medium I loved, but never considered as a career. I always had to hand-knead my clay....a process I hated, so it was interesting to see the pug mill in action. I really love the white porcelain fruit bowl and flutter pieces. Congrats on your success.....cheers!!!

  • shoshonasnow

    shoshonasnow said 7 years ago

    Good stuff Kim! Congrats on the feature!

  • mrYen

    mrYen said 7 years ago

    I love the sweet peas and how every one will be slightly different, also i love the minimal use of colour against the white.

  • PollyPainting

    PollyPainting said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful video! Kim is so articulate about her process. I'm passing this on to my teacher husband so he can share it with his ceramic students.

  • hakalah

    hakalah said 7 years ago

    Bravo to the Bronx-girl! Clean, well-lit and surely animated. I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into this Process.

  • waxandwool

    waxandwool said 7 years ago

    Such a wonderful thing to watch, I love the part when you talk about the physicality of the process, the hands, the sound of the wheel, the splatter of the clay - hooray for hand made!

  • cupcakeperfumery

    cupcakeperfumery said 7 years ago

    beautiful work :)

  • riskodesign

    riskodesign said 7 years ago

    Very nice work, and great video.

  • SparrowsNest1

    SparrowsNest1 said 7 years ago

    I LOVE your work!!!

  • myJellyBean

    myJellyBean said 7 years ago

    Love your work!!! Can go with any decor, in any room of your home.

  • BeadingPrincess

    BeadingPrincess said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed watching you create a beautiful piece. Great video.

  • isler

    isler said 7 years ago

    Well Done! Bravo!

  • amyquerin

    amyquerin said 7 years ago

    GREAT!!!!!

  • Jewelryjeans

    Jewelryjeans said 7 years ago

    Awesome craftsmanship and ingenuity...LOVE that the items are just white in substance with a touch of color...purity at its best. The pendants are most definately interesting...

  • NicoleMarieHandbags

    NicoleMarieHandbags said 7 years ago

    I didn't want that video to end, it looks like so much fun!!

  • gramsheart

    gramsheart said 7 years ago

    I love to watch you. I've always wanted to work on a wheel. I took a class, once, but they didn't do the wheel, so I didn't go back. I would like to try it again. Thanks for showing us your love of clay...

  • ceramiclady

    ceramiclady said 7 years ago

    Your handmades cups and items are very nice . Good sells. Iam making cermic ,chine plates. Bye...

  • SoigneAtelier

    SoigneAtelier said 7 years ago

    It is so relaxing just by watching it. Great work!!!!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 7 years ago

    When someone has really connected with their media it really shows. Great work and thanks for letting us watch.

  • IraRott

    IraRott said 7 years ago

    Oh Kim, your work is absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented and creative! Thanks for you video, just enjoyed it!

  • AiClay

    AiClay said 7 years ago

    this is my favourite inspiration video ever, and I can just keep on watching you turn on the wheel. I'm also so tempted to get something from your shop! :)

  • sewcosmic

    sewcosmic said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed seeing this video. Kim makes it look so easy. Beautiful work!!

  • larkpottery

    larkpottery said 6 years ago

    Dear Kim, Thank you for sharing your love of pottery. You are welcome to visit my studio anytime.Lark

  • thisisblaise

    thisisblaise said 5 years ago

    i love seeing new york based ceramic artists! i used to make pottery many years ago and i miss it sometimes. that video allowed me to live vicariously through you for a minute. great work!

  • PaigeHeatherBoutique

    PaigeHeatherBoutique said 5 years ago

    Your work is truly inspiring... The video was amazing, and so neat watching your process. Keep up the incredible work!

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 5 years ago

    I love watching other potters throw! And so true - you can't rescue a bad pot with good glazing! Such beautiful work!

  • HeirloomOrphanage

    HeirloomOrphanage said 5 years ago

    Just the cup of soothing process that the day needed! Thanks for such a fantastic video. Loved hear her voice while watching the process -- it was just a fantastic moment of calm in a world awash with turmoil.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Cute!! Love the video!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Great story! Congrats!

  • bsasik

    bsasik said 5 years ago

    Creative and stylish. Thanks for the story

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 5 years ago

    Kim rules!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Cool work!

  • earthtoartceramics

    earthtoartceramics said 5 years ago

    I've been admiring Kim's work for a few years now. Inspiring.

  • OakleyCraftworks

    OakleyCraftworks said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Kim! I loved watching you work. Thank you for letting us come into your studio with this nicely done video!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Such beautiful work. It was so peaceful and calming to watch you at that wheel. =)

  • BowMoBBB

    BowMoBBB said 5 years ago

    These are beautiful. I love the different colors inside each one that make them take on their own personalizty. You are absolutely right. I feel that every time I create something, the next one seems to be better and more elegant looking. It's very rewarding.

  • earthtoartceramics

    earthtoartceramics said 5 years ago

    The sound on this viedo and some others that I have listened to from Etsy are broken up and intermittent . What is wrong with this?

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 5 years ago

    Such an awesome work! Congratulations...

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 5 years ago

    Great video. I love to look into the process of how things are made. Thanks for sharing.

  • IrenDesigns

    IrenDesigns said 5 years ago

    Is just awesome! You are so talented. Love your work!

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 5 years ago

    beautiful work. I love it

  • fieldandsea

    fieldandsea said 5 years ago

    So relaxing and mesmerizing to watch…made a lovely breather in my hectic day!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 5 years ago

    I love this film. It makes me want to go to my bench and work. Be alone with metal and be in that meditative state of just focused on my work, nothing else.

  • TheBerryPress

    TheBerryPress said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for letting us see you work. You make it look so easy, and we all know it takes a lot of practice to make your pieces look so flawless.

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 5 years ago

    Really unique pieces; love to hear about the story behind them.

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 5 years ago

    Perfection-you are like a magician! Your work is stunning - this film realy drew me in-well done! Congrats on your success!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Her work is beautiful! Love them so much! These would go beautifully in the macrame plant hangers I make! Thank you for sharing!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I often feel that way about my work but sometimes though we can be our own hardest critics and you need to cut yourself some slack sometimes!

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 5 years ago

    I love love LOVE Kim's work, and own many of her pieces. I'm so happy to see her featured!

  • mariliejacob

    mariliejacob said 5 years ago

    It's a beautiful video, very inspiring!

  • Perlinarosa

    Perlinarosa said 5 years ago

    The simple soothing design of the ceramics is definitely appealing to any interior.

  • AScentFromTheHeart

    AScentFromTheHeart said 5 years ago

    Kim, Your work is beautiful!!! Just watching you create a bowl was mesmerizing, and so claming. Once again, absolutely beautiful work. You have been truly given a gift of talent! =)

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    Your work is so pretty! I love the whirlwind bowl, how original! great article!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pottery and lovely story.

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady said 5 years ago

    your shop has been one of my favorites for YEARS! I love to see ceramists featured!

  • locallibrary

    locallibrary said 5 years ago

    This was so great to watch! You made it look so easy and I know it's not! Beautiful work.

  • frogprincessdesigns

    frogprincessdesigns said 5 years ago

    That was amazing to watch!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful video to drink coffee with. Love seeing your process, thanks for sharing with everyone :-) (you make it look so easy...but I think it's probably not...)

  • designsofartisan

    designsofartisan said 5 years ago

    I was really amazed how you looked so calm while making the pot... It such a lovely video and we get to know you more... =)

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