new website means new blog. new blog means new inspiration.
often times in life, when things change or a new chapter begins inspiration is sparked. when we knew it was time for a new website for Zella Woods Designs it got us thinking about what changes we wanted to make. besides the usual formatting and layout changes that were going to be obvious challenges, we started to think about the content that we wanted to share on our website and how there should be as much meaning behind it, as our jewelry holds. and our blog is the perfect place to start. so here is the first of a new series - our featured artist series!
we would like to introduce you to the mega-talented ceramics artist duo behind mb art studios. based in Reno, NV mary and cory burrows are the skill behind some of the most beautiful porcelain creations we have ever seen. they were kind enough to take some time out of their busy spouses-made-parents-turned-small-business owners lives' and answer some insightful questions for us. it's a good read.
Z|W - What is the inspiration behind your designs and/or craft?
our inspiration behind our ceramic line is simply to bring beauty into other's lives. whether it be a screen printed design or words that open the heart and help awaken others to their inner lives.
Z|W - How long have you been doing ceramics and how we're you introduced to the art form?
mary started dabbling with clay in 2004 and hasn't stopped since. our son started attending a waldorf school and i (mary) was a volunteer. next thing i knew, i was needle felting and playing with watercolors, then my mother-in-law gave me a kiln. cory joined me in the studio last year. for the last 20 years he was a tile contractor and working with the medium in a different way.
Z|W - Why do you think it is important to support handmade craft versus manufactured mass-produced goods?
people all over the world are leaving all types of work to start up their own small businesses. they are taking big risks and choosing to live simpler lives. they are putting their love into what they do and you can see (feel) it in their work. how can you not want to support something like that? eating off of our porcelain dinner ware is a different experience than the pieces we have purchased at large stores. it's something that you experience.
Z|W - What do you love most about what you do?
the freedom to create our own lives. being able to truly live with each other and our children and not feel rushed and stressed by the clock. working from our home studio gives us the opportunity to home school our children. we get to explore this world together! also, finding words for our wares with the hope of opening the heart and awakening others to their inner lives is deeply satisfying.
Z|W - What do you find the most challenging about what you do?
while working from home is amazing, it's also keeping the balance of it all so that we don't lose focus of what's most important...the people in our lives and taking time for ourselves. we get out in nature all the time to refuel. also, several years ago i (mary) stopped burning the midnight oil. it was too hard on my health. organizing our time and being really flexible helps so much.
Z|W - What is some advice you would pass on to other artisans looking to start their own craft-based business?
get out of your head and don't live in fear. focus more on what makes you feel alive and less on what other's think. you will know when you have found something that really fills you. it's not about the money. that's an extra bonus. having a child that was developmentally delayed forced me (mary) to really look at my life and how i was living it. creating with clay was a way for me to really be in the moment and heal.