About Giselle No. 5 Ceramics
Handmade is very important to me. All my life, my first impulse has always been to make something rather than buy it if I can. Watching the world's markets flood with mass-produced items that quickly find their way to the landfill because they're so poorly made brings me great sadness. I can't fix the world but I can bring a smile to people's faces with whimsical, detailed, lovingly made little works of art that you can use every day. Perhaps because I have always lived in small houses and apartments, I tend to own very few items that serve only a decorative purpose. So I make pottery that will add to the decor of your home and the joy of your day that you can also use.
I have one child and nearly a dozen nephews and nieces, and I particularly love making small quirky items for children. Since he was two years old, my son has been using various bowls, cups, and plates that I made for him and the stoneware has stood the test of time. So far he's never broken any of the dishes I've made for him, though I must admit I have. I'm a sloppy dish washer.
I live in California, right in the still-uncrowded Central Coast between the sprawl of Los Angeles and the Bay Area. I grew up in Los Osos, and we returned several years ago to raise our son in a quiet coastal town. It's a lovely area, beauty around every corner. I draw constant inspiration from the nature around me, whether it's amber kelp floating in the slate blue bay, rough brown stone against a bright blue sky, or a field of orange and purple wildflowers. Much of my work contrasts the rough texture and earth tones of raw clay with the gloss and jewel brightness of vibrant glazes.
Clay found me right at the start of 2012 and I was instantly hooked. My lifelong friend Christine of Back Bay Pottery welcomed me into her home and studio whenever I dropped by with my son, and over the next couple years I soaked up an education in clay, glazes, and the basics of running a pottery business from YouTube, Ceramic Arts Daily, library books, and of course my friend's kind mentoring. Her encouragement gave me the confidence I needed to set up my own business. By fall of 2012 I was selling handmade clay stamps in my Etsy shop, GiselleNo5.etsy.com. I made pottery projects on the side for family and friends, and in the summer of 2014 I started setting up my own home studio at long last to finally make all the pottery I'd been dreaming of for two years.
Giselle No. 5 Ceramics is a one-woman show. Though I often discuss business decisions and test products with friends and family, all product design and creation, shop maintenance, product photography, and shipping is done by me.
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