Today we’d like to introduce you to Wyeth Milne.
Wyeth, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was raised on the summer vacation destination of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and grew up surrounded by the intimacy of nature’s influences as well as the draw of the ocean. For as long as I can remember, I have always been making – and as mud pies turned into clay pots, keeping my hands busy meant a happy and *almost* content me. In high school, I became intrigued by the potter’s wheel and the forgiving tactility of clay. From there, I began teaching myself the craft through watching YouTube videos. At the time, I had no idea what an important role pottery would play in my life.
After graduating from high school in 2016, I attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. It was there that my love of art, pottery in particular, deepened. I earned my BFA in May of last year and moved to San Diego shortly thereafter. Here my love of the ocean and cosmopolitan lifestyle have found their zenith.
When I’m not teaching at a local studio, I’m making pottery on my 3 foot wide balcony as I work towards building this tiny business of mine. I currently sell my work independently (through my website and Etsy), as well as wholesale to small niche stores and boutiques across the country.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As is the case with just about anything, there have of course been challenges. Time and space are amongst those. I’m sure most people feel this way, but no matter how early I wake up or how late I go to bed, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m currently trying to find a balance between work and life, as I often struggle to make time for the necessities. Finding ways to separate my living space from my workspace has been an obstacle. I make all of my wares out of the same 5oo square foot studio apartment I share with my boyfriend and two pups. Pottery has quite literally taken over nearly every surface… the stove, the coffee table, the pantry, you name it, there’s probably a pot on it.
My biggest challenge however, has been believing in myself (cheesy I know). Putting yourself and your work out into the world is hard. Giving yourself the credit you deserve is even harder.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Inspired by the ever-shifting line between art and craft, I create whimsically modern pottery intended to spark joy with every use. With an emphasis on simplistic beauty, craftsmanship, and of course functionality, I strive for people to contemplate whether or not they wish to display my tableware or eat from them. Ultimately, I hope they choose to do both. I am most proud of my desire to straddle the line between art and craft, decorative and functional.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: whimsybywyeth.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whimsybywyeth/
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhimsyByWyeth https://whimsybywyeth.faire.com