What was the inspiration behind founding your company?
When I was a little kid. My sister and I enjoyed playing with clay that we could find easily in our garden. We lived on sea side. I felt free, I felt confident, and I felt confident because I could create what I felt. Reflect my emotions into clay, through clay. Years passed I finished my education studied abroad and studied hard I finished business school vada! Professional life began. Started to work export executive. A little voice inside me keeps telling me: 'Don’t forget your creativity! Don’t give up darling! You haven’t missed your chance yet.' Suddenly pandemic hit you and me! all of us. Stuck but not giving up. My entire family has artistic talents. My sister was attending art classes and I saw the ceramic kiln started again shaping with clay. A little kid was alive again and told the little voice I haven’t given up yet I am coming again. stronger and calmer than ever! Trusting myself again. Let’s create all over and all together again!
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What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature, faces, women of course clay what are ceramics made of? A bulk of clay you look at it with excitement. You don’t even know what will happen with it. Shape it and wait a long time until it gets dry naturally by nature. Glaze them very carefully that is wonderfully inspiring. When you fire your kiln and wait for a day. You do not even know what will come out. Nature solves everything if you flow with it.
How would you describe your design/product concept?
Artistic, modern, free. When I touch the clay it shapes itself. It helps me as if it is alive whispering to me. I will be okay with you. I will be nice to you. Even if I am broken you will help me heal. Because ceramic can be broken when it is drying naturally even in the kiln. When my ceramics arrive at their actual places bring emotions of modernism, freedom, and strength. Ceramics are fragile.
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Why do you do what you do? What do you like about your job?
I do what I do to feel free. No limitations you can try again and again. All over again! As George Sheehan said 'It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.' I like not quitting and not listening to that little voice because this time that voice is wrong! Prove that and keep going, creating, shaping my ceramics.
What's the proudest moment? What makes you a happy brand owner?
You do not even believe that. When I got my ceramic kiln, we were on the phone with the kiln Company and the person who was on the other hand on the phone kept telling me if I was sure to glaze my ceramics on my own and fire them on my own.
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