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Sunshine Post :: vitrifiedstudio

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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 Shelley of vitrifiedstudio.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hi. My name is Shelley, I am the owner/artist behind vitrifiedstudio. vitrifiedstudio is a Portland, Oregon, ceramics studio focusing on minimal modern utilitarian wares for everyday use. I make wheel thrown bottles, corked containers,  dishes, and serving platters using colored stonewares, a white porcelain, and a small palette of glazes. Everything I make is made by me on the potters wheel without forms or molds, so it is all unique and handmade. vitrifiedstudio is a new line that I started in 2011, although I have been making ceramics for about 15 years since taking my first classes during architecture school. I am interested in bringing low production artist made studio ceramics back into the home, and offering an alternative to the larger volume production factories.

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?

Making ceramics is my passion in life. I am very grateful that I get to do this and share my work with others to use and enjoy.

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?

I find beauty all around me in the natural landscape, geological forms, and plant life. My ceramic inspiration comes from the potters who came before. I love that forms I make have been made for thousands of years. I also find inspiration in contemporary potters that I have collected and shared on my inspire blog:  http://vitrifiedstudio.wordpress.com/
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I hang out with my dogs and my partner, Mitch, outside in the pacific northwest, where even the cloudy overcast days are amazing.

What are you most grateful for?

Most grateful for my hands, they allow me to create what I love to make.

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from vitrifiedstudio!

 

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