Inspiration Dialogues 2 / Emily Reinhardt

January 24, 2013

I’m lucky enough to be at the fabulous blogging conference, Altitude Summit, in Salt Lake City this week! I decided to kick off a new series while I’m gone… Inspiration Dialogues will be dedicated to demystifying the inspiration process. We’ll be talking to bloggers, designers, and artists I admire. Hopefully, we’ll get inspired along the way! 

Here’s Emily, of The Object Enthusiast, Blog + Shop:

Tell us a little bit about you and your blog.
I am a ceramic artist, and all around object enthusiast. my blog is a look at the objects people love, and the objects that matter the most to us. i celebrate things beyond usefulness and aesthetics, but the objects that have meaning behind them.

When you start a new project, how do you begin the “inspiration” stage?
My projects stem from lots of little ideas and thoughts I collect day to day. I’m a treasure lover! I hold on to tiny little things because they came from somewhere special or they used to belong to someone special, and I’ve got to have a place to keep all that stuff. So, I build it. I like making vessels and trays and dishes that are meant to hold those extra special things, or even become something special by themselves. I love knowing that my objects are used in people’s lives.

How do you stay inspired if you hit a roadblock?
I’ve been very lucky lately, there hasn’t been much time for road blocks in my process, things have been busy! I am determined to pursue my art full time someday, so all it takes is for me to make one little sale, and I’m fired up and know i’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. One thing that constantly inspires me is the wheel I get to work on. My professor from college gave it to me, and it always sends a surge of inspiration through me when I think about how many pots Yoshi made on that wheel, for 30 years, and now it’s mine.

How would you describe the feeling you get when you’re inspired? Productive? Dreamy? Imaginative?

When I’m feeling inspired, I always have to stop for a moment to feel thankful. I’m thankful to have an inspired mind, one that allows me to create and dream and think crazy thoughts. I’m thankful that I have creative bones that have somehow led me to creating ceramic objects. I really love having dusty clothes and clay under my nails. It just feels right to me. 

Wow, thank you, Emily! I love that you stop to feel thankful when you’re inspired. That’s quite a peaceful thought. Y’all, don’t forget to check out Emily’s shop!

PS – I’ll be back tomorrow with a very special designer! 

PPS – Keep up with me while I’m at Alt on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram!

Copyright Whitney Curtis 2010-2013

One thought on “Inspiration Dialogues 2 / Emily Reinhardt

  1. SincerelyShannon

    Thanks for sharing! Will definitely have to check out her shop. I miss professor chance and my ceramics class at Furman.


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