You can usually find me at one of three places: Inkling, home (with a cat(s) on my lap) or Lill Street. If you haven’t been to the latter, it’s a gallery space, and there’s a gift shop. But most importantly, they host art classes in a myriad of mediums. Inside you’ll find a strong sense of community, and people of every age and ability, all focused on art making. I've been taking ceramics classes at Lill Street for around four years now, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time there; the skills I have gained and the people I have met.
Ceramics is sort of where Inkling began. A clay vase was the first thing I ever sold at the Renegade Craft Fair, in a booth I shared with a group of friends, calling ourselves the “Crafty Ladies.” Throughout the mid 2000’s, the “Crafty Ladies” and I sold our wares at various art festivals in Chicago, and even in New York.
I got really comfortable in that environment and eventually found myself working in small stationery shops. After becoming manager of one such shop, I set my sights higher and dreamt of opening a store of my own with my own aesthetic in mind.
Now, when visiting Inkling, you can still find my ceramics adorning walls and holding plants. From the art fairs to opening my own store, though I never imagined it at the time, ceramics has brought my dream full-circle.
Ceramic wall pocket 2019