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Life and Work with Alexandra Corrin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Corrin.

Alexandra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started doing ceramics in high school when a 3D art class required us to make a consistent portfolio of work. I wanted to make ceramic teapots, and the teacher instructed me to visit the ceramics department. A week later, I had dropped the 3D class and switched to ceramics. I couldn’t get enough, and was working on my projects at lunch and after school.

I took a break from art classes in college and studied Anthropology but always knew something was missing. Design was the only subject that had classes to fit my schedule and I filled my elective list with 2D and 3D design. This allowed me to visualize art in a more linear way, from idea to prototype, to final project, and then to the customer. At this point, I was making ceramic sculptures in my kitchen but never firing them.

After college, I got a job in the art department of a ceramic tile factory. It was the first time I ever interacted with artists who were pursuing their craft while holding down a day job. For some reason. making art had never occurred to me as a lifestyle and I had always thought of it as either a hobby or something that famous people do. I had never been exposed to what it means to be a professional creative person and all that space in the middle.

After a few years, I quit that job to teach ceramics full time. I was creating sculptures, learning about the endless possibilities of ceramic, and what it means to think of yourself as an artist.

Currently, I am pursuing sculptural work and functional-ware “pots” and have just started designing some ceramic jewelry! There is so much to learn about this medium and I can’t imagine a time where I won’t be fascinated by the endless complexity of ceramic. There is always more to learn!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road, but being able to call myself an artist and really believe it has given me so much self-confidence that I can’t imagine going back to the way I felt before.

Before I truly imagined myself as an artist. I felt like the girl who was “different for no reason” and trying to fit in places that didn’t care if I was unique. It felt like the world was not so subtly telling me “Why are you trying so hard to not fit in”!

I am still very new to art as a profession, but the two things that have been most difficult but have taught me the most are to trust my instincts, both good and bad. If something doesn’t seem like a good fit for you or your work don’t do it! As artists, we are always tuning our senses to pick up on thoughts and feelings so why not tap into that power and trust it? This is still a constant struggle for me.

The other struggle has been letting go of what it means to be “financially stable”. This is the thing that held me back from pursuing art in the first place. It has taken time to switch my feelings about money and what things are important to invest in to make art and happiness a priority.

I used to think that saving as much money as possible would make me feel successful and happy. I’ve realized that the feeling I get from spending money I earn on things that allow me to continue to pursue my dreams and support things and people I care about has made me feel more successful and happy that I felt when I was trying to save. That is not to say I don’t try to save money, but now I am more aware of where the money is going and how each purchase will impact my future as an artist.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Corrin Ceramics – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am probably best known for the colorful glazing technique I do on my pots. This is my first cohesive line of functional ware. It is a combination of Mid-Century and Psychedelic aesthetics. Most of my inspiration for these designs comes from vintage furniture, transportation design (bike racks, train, plane, and car design), and vintage concert posters.

I wanted to create something that set my wares apart, was eye-catching, and lived in the space between minimalist and maximalist design, with an “untamed” element.

Although I enjoy exploring different styles, the unifying principles of my designs are balance and contrast. I am constantly striving for playful contrast while allowing different elements to feel effortlessly drawn together.

I have always been inspired by artists who are uncompromising about their style, even though it is not “mainstream” and that is what I aspire to be as I mature as an artist.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Make the ideas in your head a reality. You don’t have to make it happen all at once but just start. You never know until you try.

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Mariah Wynn, Steffanie Padilla

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