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Rising Stars: Meet Ingram Vargas-Consuelos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ingram Vargas-Consuelos.

Hi Ingram, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. Since I was a little kid, I remember that arts and sciences were the two things I enjoyed the most. During the mornings, I used to attend school and enjoy the science classes. During the afternoons, I would love to paint, draw, and create whatever came to mind. Growing up in Mexico, one of the best feelings I remember was all the support I had from my family in whatever I decided to do. I remember playing with science kits and chemistry sets one day and painting, drawing, and doing ceramics the next.

When I was about to graduate high school and move on to college, I had the hard decision of whether I wanted to get an arts degree or pursue a career in science. Ultimately, I chose to go for a science degree in physics. While attending college in my hometown, I had an amazing opportunity to work in a materials science lab. Working in the lab, I learned that art could exist within science too. I learned to design and create nanomaterials with different shapes and properties. I was fascinated. After getting my degree in physics, I had the opportunity to continue my education at UCSD in Materials Science and Engineering. Five years later, I am on track to finish my Ph.D. next year.

During my time in San Diego, I have learned so many things and lived so many adventures, one of them was rediscovering painting and ceramics.

After finishing my Ph.D., I plan to keep pursuing my dreams by combining science and arts to create whatever comes to mind.

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?
One of the first challenges I encountered was getting access to a kiln during quarantine time, so I built one in our front yard. Eventually, with the help of my best friend Monica and my partner Josh, I was able to invest in a kiln and get it set up in our home.

Another challenge has been trying to get our name out there and get our pieces sold through Etsy. Luckily my partner is an expert in social media, photography, and design, which has helped to sell my ideas to the public and create a slowly growing presence.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My work mainly focuses on porcelain and high fire clay sculptures. My inspiration comes from organic shapes, repetitive patterns, nanoscale structures, and some of my weirdest dreams.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Calling my grandma on Sunday morning to come to my house to have brunch

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Joshua Nunnally

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