Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ten Question Tuesday - Tasha McKelvey

Hello! Who are you? Give us the 411 about yourself.
I’m Tasha McKelvey and I am ceramic artist & designer. I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband and our beagle. I also teach pottery and art classes sometimes.

When/how did you start your business?
I started my pottery business right after I finished college in 2000. I worked as a potter’s assistant in high school and as soon as I took my first ceramics class in college I knew I wanted to be ceramic artist.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I like to spend my free time gardening, working on our new old house & cooking.

What first made you want to become an artist?
I have always wanted to be an artist, it was never really a choice. I love working with my hands and making things.

What inspires you?
Currently I draw my inspiration from contemporary ceramics, illustration and nature.

What's your favorite thing about your craft?
I love opening my kiln after a glaze firing, it’s like Christmas morning every time. When you glaze something you have a picture in your mind of what it will look like after firing it, but it rarely comes out exactly as you expected. Every piece is unique and a surprise.

Where would we most likely find you working?
In my new little studio on the second floor of my house. We bought our first house this Spring and I moved my studio to the new house in May. I love being able to work from home!

What's your favorite music to listen to while you work?
I listen to a lot of Sun Volt, Flaming Lips and Mates of State in the studio.

What's your favorite thing right now?
My garden is my favorite thing right now. I never owned a place before so I didn’t see any reason to invest much time in a garden. Now I am enjoying planning, planting and watering the garden.

If you could have one wish granted for the craft community, what would it be?
For the general public to have a better understanding of the value of handmade work, but I think there is a growing awareness.

See more of Tasha's beautiful work here.


Sweet Pepita said...

Congratulations on your new old house, Tasha!

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Yummy and Company said...

Love your work Tasha!

Designs by Leslie said...

Tasha's work is so beautiful. It is wonderful to have some insight to her personally.

TL said...

Beautiful work!