Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Jason Wolff

April 18, 2016

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Jason Wolff, the artist who, along with his wife Sarah, is behind our new Garlic Keeper.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I took my first ceramics class when I was 9 or 10 years old, and was hooked. I continued in the arts all through high school and started out as an Anthropology major with an art minor in college, but realized I was much better at throwing pots than I was at writing papers, so I made the switch to pursuing it full time.

What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
Being my own boss definitely has its perks. I have also had a chance to travel and meet some very interesting people.

What does your typical day in the studio look like?
I’m up pretty early and try to get started by 8 or 8:30a.m. I throw about 25-50 pots over the course of 2-3 hours. After throwing, I trim pots from the day before, glaze pots that have already been bisque fired, and then I load or unload the kiln. In between I take a break for lunch, run any orders or shipments to the post office, and do it all over again. Working at home gives me the freedom to do a load of laundry or dishes in between tasks, or get dinner started for the evening.

Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
I have a giant Maneki-Neko “Chinese lucky cat” statue that I bought in L.A.’s Chinatown that watches over my pottery wheel. It reminds me of my Southern California roots, and has helped me to be pretty lucky so far.

Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartner for the first time.
I have had several jobs teaching art to kindergartners. They are always amazed and have some of the brightest questions. Usually I would start out a class with a studio visit then I would have them watch and participate in demos on the wheel. They are always amazed at the process and want to try it for them selves.

What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
None – I don’t need one. I’m totally motivated by wanting to keep making a better product!

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