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Art & Life with Gina Zycher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Zycher.

Gina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Four years ago, I was trying to figure out what to do with myself after a breakup, so I signed up for a pottery class at a local pottery studio. From the moment I touched the clay, I was hooked! I have always been into making arts and crafts, but I’ve connected with this medium so much more deeply than I have with anything else. I just love how you can get lost in the process of making something without it becoming tedious. With ceramics, the fact that I’m able to make something functional, beautiful (I hope, anyway!), and durable is such a treat.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a homebody, so I love to make things for the home — specifically, things that I can see myself enjoying at home. This ranges from functional pottery like mugs and serving bowls to decorative vases, planters, and small sculptural objects. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that someone uses and cherishes one of my pieces in their home, or that it is part of their daily routine in some way.

Much of my work is a reflection of my personality. I’ve always felt…not so much like an outcast, but I definitely feel like an oddball a lot of the time. I like to make objects that are slightly askew but charming. Like many artists, I’m deeply inspired by nature and the way that there’s beauty in all of the “imperfection” we see in nature.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice for other artists is don’t get too complacent. Push yourself to come up with new ideas or to expand ones you’ve already explored. If you sell your work, be sure to make time every so often to make things purely for your own enjoyment or curiosity without worrying about whether they’ll sell or have broad appeal.

What I wish I had learned earlier is that when a good opportunity comes your way, say yes! I struggle with this mindset that I’m not capable of doing certain things or handling certain situations, but I try to tell that part of me to be quiet because deep down I know I am more capable than I give myself credit for sometimes.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’m on Instagram — I’m @glittermountain — and I have to admit that I’m a little bit addicted to it! I’ve found the community there to be tremendously supportive and I love being able to connect with my customers and other potters and artists that way. I do maker fairs around Los Angeles from time to time, and I have my work in a few different shops in LA and elsewhere (there’s a list on my website, ginazycher.com). And I’m really excited to say that starting in April I’ll be teaching hand building classes at Still Life Ceramics, a new studio downtown at ROW DTLA.

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