When I told my parents that I wanted to do art professionally when I was 13 years old, they figured my naive mind would change as I got older.
Instead, art classes in high school and college further nurtured my love for painting and sculpting. Soon I was becoming obsessed with everything within and around the art world. I was going to exhibitions during hours I wasn’t in class, and I started collecting prints of my favorite paintings in art history. Learning about the techniques and the philosophies of various schools of art was immensely instructive in furthering my craft. I am partial to painting, but I excelled with sculpting. Soon I was working with ceramic clay and owned a pottery wheel and a high temperature kiln. But this equipment takes up a lot of space, especially once you go into business and need room for the products you’re creating and crafting. I realized that I needed to find an artisan space to rent somewhere in the city and soon discovered there are units called artisan loft spaces. You have a ground level space and a loft above, giving ample room for both equipment and product. I decided to consult with the city’s business development center to find the cheapest artisan loft spaces available for rent. Although it’s not in the greatest neighborhood, my new artisan loft space is extremely affordable, while also giving me access to everything I need to grow my pottery business. I know that I’ve finally made believers out of both of my parents. They even have many of my pieces in their living room on display, which gives me immense pride even to this day.