Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to Susan from Ceramica Botanica.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Susan Rodriguez, Ceramica Botanica is my shop of hand built functional pottery. My pottery is characterized by its bright colors and joyous pattern loaded surfaces. All the ceramic pieces are made by me from start to finish in my San Antonio, Texas studio. The pottery I make is to be used every day, serving bowls, plates and platters to be picked up, held, passed around the table and filled with your wonderful culinary creations. Each piece is a one of a kind, handmade and unique. I start by hand building with thin slabs of clay, creating pieces with clean simple lines. Then the fun begins, mixing and playing with intricate patterns and joyous colors that will cover the tops as well as the undersides of each plate or bowl. I get crisp bold patterns by hand cutting paper stencils and gingerly applying them to fit the piece. I create my own color palette by mixing ceramic stains with the clay body in small batches, the effects is bright colors with a rich earthy tone and subtle variations in shades from piece to piece.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
“Do what you love and love what you do” has been my philosophy. I discovered the work of contemporary ceramic artists while taking a required ceramics class in college. I was amazed and my imagination was captured by the work. I have spent the last 20 years making ceramics, and being with my family. I work from my home and my family life and ceramic work have been inseperable. It has always felt right and have never thought of doing things differently. My husband is also an artist and we have 4 children and live in a very creative environment. Our oldest daughter is away from home now, focusing on studio painting and environmental studies at a fantastic university in Connecticut.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
Botanical forms fascinate me. Such things as the shape of plant cells or the repetition and order in which leave grow from a stem. Pattern is a consistent element in my work; I see patterns as visual clues that can trigger emotions, memories and stories. My husband is an artist and we are the parents to four creative individuals, ranging in age from kinder to college student. I have been immersed in the colorful creative intense world of children for an extended period of my life and I believe and hope it has had a lasting effect on me and my work.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
If there is dreary day, I am so fortunate to have my 6 year old to cheer me up and make me laugh. He is happy guy and is always ready to give a big hug.
What are you most grateful for?
I am very grateful for my great family.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Ceramica Botanica!