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Meet Delphine of Humble Ceramics in South Central Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Delphine.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
A 6-week summer class evolved into a hobby and eventually into a business… I never had any interest in pottery, but look how that turned out!

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?
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new. Not having gone to school for ceramics, having zero technical, financial or business experience, I’ve had to learn as I go, by making mistakes and as the challenges present themselves, one day at a time! Humble Ceramics came out of my own limitations, and that still applies to this day. We are actually an extremely small team, in a chaotic ever changing space, but we make it happen, imperfectly, on a daily basis. We’ve had to adapt to constant changes and the reality of running a business in California. Had I known how challenging and expensive this was going to be, I never would have started? But the way we have grown has been so organic that in a way, I’m glad I was in the dark about the reality and hardship of running a ceramics business. The support and interest from our customers is a real emotional and energetic safety-net as well without which I would have quit long ago. Clay is one of my greatest teachers and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! I am grateful for this life every day!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Humble Ceramics – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
~ A r t i s a n p o t t e r y m a d e w i t h m i n d f u l n e s s i n S o u t h L o s A n g e l e s ~

We are an artisanal studio that makes tableware and objects for the home in small rotating batches. We are known for simple but well-defined shapes, merging minimal, rustic and modern all into one.

I am most proud of my elves… as I could not do this without them, and am grateful for their talent, dedication and the care they put into each piece. What I am learning about business is that it is about people first! I am also very proud of all the ways in which we are eco-friendly (and want to be better as well) and able to give back to the community in our own humble ways.

What sets us apart is the well recognized aesthetic and intention behind the work. Energy workers and healers are most sensitive to it… and that is important to me.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Reorganize, streamline, maximize the space, become more efficient, find better systems, etc. Every day, we work towards those goals. We have to have a solid process and the ability to follow through as we grow. It feels like we magically make it happen, but we have a lot of evolving to do, with very limited resources! The rest will unfold organically. One day at a time.

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Delphine Lippens

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