I first met ceramicist Linda Hsiao of
when did you start
what was the most unexpected aspect of putting your business together?
Maybe not so unexpected but definitely can be more time consuming than one might imagine. As much time as I get to spend making things I find myself spending an equal amount of time working on getting things physically out in the world that feel like it has nothing to do with the process but is just as important. More than just being and artist you become an accountant, a sales person, a website editor, an office manager, a package designer, a shipper. . . best thing will be to grow sometime soon so I can finally have a team to help me. Getting the work and making the work is only but a fraction of the challenge.
you have such a lovely setup in your backyard. what’s your favorite part about your workspace?
Windows from my studio that let me look out into my garden. Watching things grow and thrive, critters that run up the tree to most recently little baby doves in the giant cactus tree. Seeing things evolve both in my process and the life surrounding my studio give me fuel and helps me stay connected to what I’m creating.
what are the top three things someone should consider before changing careers or starting their own business?
Love what you’re doing. Believe in what you’re doing. Things always get hard, overwhelming, exhausting and you will be overloaded time and time again as you grow but if you can stop think about what it is your doing and smile every time you know it’s worth it. Sometimes I take a minute when my list of tasks seem to get so long and just remember I get to make things for a living and it’s worth every minute I spend doing it. Third thing but equally as important is to take breaks to escape, refresh and recharge. Whatever that is for you to restart the batteries, get inspired and keep going. For me it’s jumping into a cold swimming hole or a high sierra lake and float.
what’s one book that changed your life?
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