We point the spotlight on one of Toronto’s incredibly talented artists. The Local Potter puts a chic spin into pottery. With a growing list of local clients like Mendocino, Greenhouse Juice Co., Crown Flora, and more – The Local Potter or TLP proves that pursuing what you’re really passionate about will eventually bring you to your right place at the right time!
The Local Potter:
Fashion Industry Account Manager by day, Maker of Ceramic Things by night.
What’s your background?
Born and raised a dancer, snowboarder, theater-enthusiast, and overall social butterfly in Timmins Ontario – I moved to Toronto to attend university and thinking at the time that I would become a Psychologist. 5 short years and a 50 page undergraduate thesis later, I realized that analyzing data in a computer lab just wasn’t my thing. Though I didn’t graduate university and go on to become a Psychologist, I did leave with my degree and the knowledge that I would one day figure out how to blend my interest in human behavior with the other interests in my life like creative arts.
Fast-forward a year (and throw a post-graduate certificate in PR into the equation) and I suddenly found myself working in sales for a distribution company in the Fashion industry. This fulfilled my desire to both work with people, and work in a high-energy and creative environment that for me a computer lab lacked. I am happy to say that I have built an exciting 10-year career in an industry that I love!
How did you get started?
If there is one thing I know about us ‘right-brained’ types, it’s that the ‘creative wheel’ is always turning. For me, a simple desire to find a more hands-on creative outlet led me a drop in ceramics workshop back in 2014. Since that day, pottery quickly became my passion and not long after “The Local Potter (TLP), “Modern Pottery for Urban Living,” was born. Given my love of fashion, I like the aesthetic of my ceramic designs to be a reflection of my personal style: clean lines and solid colour, mixed with texture and a subtle hit of bling (although I do wear the odd all-over-print cactus romper on very special occasions!
What do you wish TLP to achieve?
I strive to create product that will excite your sister, mother, boyfriend or brother, and I always make everything by hand with love, in the heart of Toronto. I’ve been really fortunate this year to have on-going support from amazing local retailers like Mendocino, who have commissioned me to produce planters for three of their locations which has given my little hand- made pots some incredible exposure in the market.
“I just love unique collaborations that challenge my creative abilities.”
Where do you draw your creativity from?
I’m incredibly grateful to be able to collaborate creatively with such a wonderful group of inspiring girls at Mendocino. I’ve also worked with the Davis and Adam at Crown Flora in Parkdale to develop some planter designs available exclusively at Crown Flora. And something a little different and exciting for me was being commissioned to create custom retail displays for Greenhouse Juice Co for the launch of their hand-crafted chocolates (now in stores!).
I’ve also been collaborating regularly with the wonderful natural, hand-poured candle maker, “YARD Toronto” on limited edition ceramic vessels for her new candle scents. These will be available for sale on her website and at select YARD stockists.
Where can we find TLP products?
My own stockists are continuing to grow and will be listed on my website, currently under construction but launching in April 2016! In the meantime, anyone interested in purchasing product or inquiring about custom work and commissions can contact me directly through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Local Potter website and “Local General Store” is Launching April 2016! Stay tuned!! www.thelocalpotter.com