Amazing Pottery and Jewelry from Rider Ceramics, New & Featured Summer Market Artisan
Lauren Rider of Rider Ceramics is doing what she loves and you'll love what she does!
FF: Why did you begin your handmade journey?
RC: I wanted to make a living doing what I love!
FF: And how did you get started?
RC: After college, I volunteered my time mopping the ceramic studio at a local Arts League. By doing that once a week I gained free access to the studio and all of its amenities. Soon after I began teaching pottery there at the University City Arts League, all still while working a full time job. Everyday I worked my day job, then would come home and work on my pottery or teach my night class. I was a girl on a mission.
FF: What lead you to your current line of goods?
RC: When I was 17, I started a job as a Henna (Mendhi) artist on the Ocean City boardwalk in NJ. From this skill I was able to translate my ideas onto my ceramics work using the same method. Now, although my work has evolved, the technique has stuck with me.
FF: What materials do you work with & why?
RC: I've always loved working with porcelain. It's smooth texture is like no other clay body. I use an underglaze for all of my surface designs. By using a squeeze bottle with a tiny metal tip, Im able to achieve crisp, clean lines in all of my patterns.
FF: Inspiration comes from where?
RC: So many factors inspire my work. It has been ever changing as I've grown, and continue to grow, as an artist. From finding eye catching patterns through my travels to my love for interior design, my personality shines through in all of my work. (Some even say I look like the work I create.) One of my inspirations happens to be Colorado. The cultures, the animals, and the amazing backdrop of mountains wherever you go. I am thrilled to be bringing my work there for the first time.
FF: What excites you for the future?
RC: I am very excited to broaden my audience from not just the Tri State area. I have built a beautiful relationship with my customers here and am very much looking forward to sharing the love of my craft with so many more.
FF: Any advice for makers and biz entrepreneurs new to our creative community?
RC: My advice for makers would be to just keep working. Even when you think things aren't going anywhere, keep those creative juices flowing. You're also going to want to LOVE what you do, because you will be doing it morning, noon and night (and sometimes back into the morning)!
FF: Let us know if/where you sell your work other than online and at markets.
RC: In the Philadelphia area: Art Star Philly, Philadelphia Independents, and Ritual Ritual
In Ocean City NJ: The Flying Carp
FF: Anything else you'd like to tell us?
RC: After having my first baby about a year ago, so much has been put into perspective for myself and my work. He has become my little sidekick throughout everyday of my process. Yes, everything takes twice as long with a hungry, tired, wants-to-crawl-everywhere baby, but being a working artist has made it possible for me to enjoy all of those aspects of my son's life. It's such a huge motivation to keep creating and build a great, happy life for our little family.
Visit and shop with Lauren Rider and Rider Ceramics at Firefly Handmade Summer Market, July 15-16, 10am-4pm, Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, 29th Street (between Canyon & Walnut) Boulder, CO!