I don’t know if I was introduced to Emily on Instagram or Twitter, or who recommended her, but I do remember the first time I saw her work. I was holding my iPhone, being a bum for a moment, when my eyes nearly popped out of my head because of the total beauty I was seeing. Lovely ceramics, modern shape, glossy finish, gold circles…… I was smitten. I still am.
I’m so happy to introduce Emily Reinhardt to you. Her story is so real and genuine. I know it will inspire you the same way it has me! Emily is a ceramicist and blogger who creates pieces of artwork that people use and connect with on a daily basis.
When and how did you begin your creative career and The Object Enthusiast?
My blog was the first chapter of The Object Enthusiast…I created my blog as a way to keep myself busy after graduating from college. I lost my ceramics studio upon graduating, and felt like I lost my most treasured creative outlet. After a few years of clean hands and absolutely no clay dust on my clothes, I was finally able to set up a studio of my own! My boyfriend bought my professor’s wheel for me for my birthday, and his old kiln, and suddenly we were set! My Etsy shop opened up a little over a year ago, and I’m more determined than ever to make this my career.
So many creative people have 1,000 creative outlets, how did you define who you are and what exactly you make?
I have always been a collector. I celebrate objects beyond just usefulness or aesthetics, but also the meaning behind the object. So after my first few weeks in my beginning ceramics class in college, I knew I wanted to spend my life creating objects, and things for other people. Nothing makes me happier than making something that speaks to another person’s individual style and taste.
When did you take your love for creating and turn it into a job? Can you describe that process?
I believe I’m in that process right now. I still have a ‘job job’ that I go to every morning until about 2. Then I work from 2:30 in the afternoon all the way until it’s time for bed. The hours are long, and I struggle with balancing it all. I feel crazy some days. But I know it will pay off!
I look forward to the day when I can quit my day job and focus on my art full time. I have so many ideas and thoughts running through my head about how I can make it happen. But at the moment it is just busy days fitting everything in, and dreaming about the day I can wake up and be a full time artist.
What tips do you have for creating a sustainable lifestyle as a creative small-business person?
Just don’t lose your momentum! Keep going, work hard even during “down-time”. If you can’t do your dream job yet, do whatever you can to set yourself up so that someday you can start your dream career. In 2010, after graduation that meant networking, contacting artists I admired, creating an online presence and most importantly, research. All of a sudden I had supporters and fans even before I had a product to sell. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I feel ready to dive in and truly start my business. I know I’ll have some setbacks, but it is all part of the career path I’ve chosen.
See what I mean? Beautiful and amazing.
Check out more of Emily Reinhardt’s work on he blog, The Object Enthusiast, and etsy shop!
These pieces are amazing! Thank you for sharing-I will be placing an etsy order shortly. 🙂
Oh good! Her work is STUNNING (and her prices are so great too!). I’m so happy you’re getting one!
Love, love, love!
i’m blushing! thanks emily!
Such beautiful pieces! I need the gray and gold:). Bookmarking the etsy shop now.
These are beautiful! Reminds me of a Spanish pottery shop I went to once, I will definitely be buying something from her Etsy after payday! 🙂
I love this! How true about ‘waiting for the day you wake up an artist’ is so me. I work hard at what I love because above all else, painting my watercolors is what I want to keep doing, with-out working for someone else.
Your pottery makes me want to change careers tho. I went to college at 31 with 3 children and a full-time-fellow-student-husband. and I learned pottery for the first time in my life and I fell in love with everything about it. I took my creatives process to watercolors, but working with clay pulls at me all the time. I love your work and can’t wait to check out more of it. thanks for the words of wisdom
peace n abundance,
ps. Emily, I’m truly glad I’ve found your blog to learn about other creative spirits, thank you