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Conversations with the Inspiring Christie Lothrop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christie Lothrop.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Christie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am in Fallbrook – North County. I got started mixing cement in my Brooklyn apartment as a hobby. My ever growing (and dying) succulent collection needed pots and my boyfriend showed me a DIY video for cement planters. Well, one pot turned into making a shelf to hold all of the pots I created. Jokingly, he asked me if I could sell a few before we fell through the floor from all the weight and MadPotters was created! I never thought, my little craft time would turn into a business venture and the response has been more than I could have imagined. Having just moved to SoCal last year, I’m finally feeling settled in and I’m really excited to dedicate my time to growing MadPotters.

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?
The biggest hurdle for me up to this point was leaving a well-paid, salaried job to move to San Diego and pursue my passion for creating. It’s been a life changing experience, but I wouldn’t choose that financial security over my happiness now. It seems so cliche, but don’t spend another day in a job you hate. Life is too short not to spend it doing what you love! That being said, make sure you can pay your bills first before making any major life changes. I didn’t just quit and pack up without first planning and saving for the worst case scenarios! 🙂

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into MadPotters story. Tell us more about the business.
My cement pots are all done by hand from the mixing to the marbling effect. I reuse and recycle tupperware and scout the dollar store for plastic bowls and shapes for my molds. Each insert to create the hole for planting is placed by hand, creating unique, one of a kind pieces which is what sets my line apart from other cement artists with traditional silicone molds. With the exception of the cement shooters, I make it a point to use shapes other artists may not have thought of.

MadPotters is most known for the marble effect and smooth finish. I knew I would succeed as a pot maker when a former co-worker asked if my desk planters were from West Elm! I couldn’t believe she thought they were store bought. That is the confidence boost I needed to take my Etsy store live.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Honestly, the lack of individual confidence and group support. All too often, there is talent being wasted because women aren’t brought up to believe they can be leaders, CEOS, head of the table, etc. In the succulent community, I’ve found a wonderful group of women who do nothing but support and raise each other up, whether it be on a personal or business level. We need more of that! This is the time of the women take-over, but we can’t forget to support our fellow sisters along the way.

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Alcides Aguasvivas / @alcides.eats

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