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Linnea Campbell Ceramic Art

Rikki Teeters

We are pleased to announce that our August 2017 Ohio Maker of The Month is Linnea Campbell Ceramic Art! This awesome Ohio artist creates her own functional ceramic art from scratch. We love her unique style and natural design elements such as insects and plants. This week we went behind the scenes with owner, Linnea Campbell, in her Cincinnati studio. 

Tell us about your company.

I am the designer and creator of Linnea Campbell Ceramic Art. My work consists of one of a kind ceramic wares, using wheel throwing and hand building methods that I embellish with my illustrations of forest creatures: from microbes in the soil to insects and small mammals. Through my drawings, I want to celebrate and bring attention to these tiny creatures and the large impact they have on our world, creating pieces that provide a functional, yet whimsical, impact on people’s everyday lives. I work primarily out of my home studio on the east side of Cincinnati. I have been working part time at Queen City Clay in Hyde Park for the past 4 years and that is where I do the glaze firings of my work.

What drew you to your career path?

Since I can remember, I have loved making things with my hands as well as drawing and painting. I went to DAAP for Fine Arts focusing on 2D art but I felt I had hit a wall with the mediums I was using. After taking an intro to wheel class at Queen City Clay during my sophomore year, I fell in love with ceramics. When I started putting my images onto the pieces I was throwing, that was it. I haven’t stopped since. Whether it is a new technique, new clay or new glaze, I am constantly experimenting and I am always learning new things, which I absolutely love.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always wanted to be an artist and maker of some sort. Since I could hold a crayon I have been drawing and that passion has continued to grow in such a way that I want to spend my time making objects that are both beautiful and functional. 

What is your process? (From concept to creation)

My process is to have lots of projects going at once. As I am waiting for one batch to dry, I can be working on a different batch of products. I enjoy bouncing back and forth between throwing and hand building throughout the day. The illustrations are also a major part of my work and I like to add a new group of images every so often. I usually take a week off of clay making and really focus in on the new drawings. I then get a silk screen burned with my new images and add that into rotation with my previous images. Once I have the silkscreen, I print with underglaze onto rice paper, which I then transfer onto my unfired pot.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

To not worry so much about my future, working hard at your passion will ultimately pay off and is so rewarding in a number of ways.

What has been your favorite thing about your journey so far?

I love the connection between my work and the natural world that inspires it. As I continue to hone my craft, I am impressed with simplicity of combining organic shapes and forms with detailed images of nature to make inspiring pieces that people enjoy using in both functional and spiritual ways. I feel like I am only at the beginning of this journey and look forward to the many unexpected paths it will lead.

What has been the biggest reward of starting your own business?

Making connections with people that are just as passionate about handmade ceramics and the tiny creatures that I illustrate on them has been amazing! It has been so rewarding to create the things that I conjure up from my mind and then to find the people that will love using them.

What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?

I have had a number of female mentors in the maker community, which have been essential to me for advice and encouragement. In general, meeting other local makers and supporters of the arts has been so beneficial in expanding and growing my business.

What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

Ohio is really a beautiful state, with Lake Erie and the Ohio River on either side. I love kayaking on the Little Miami River, as well as hiking at State Parks. Cincinnati also has so many beautiful parks, most weekends I try to make it to a park for a hike with my puppy, Rufus.
 

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ELLEBRUX

Rikki Teeters

One of our favorite local artists is Ellebrux! This talented lady makes beautiful art & jewelry in Cincinnati, Ohio. Join us as we welcome Laura from Ellebrux as our July 2017 Ohio Maker of the Month!

Tell us about Ellebrux.

I am Laura Brooks and I am the creative energy behind Ellebrux. Ellebrux is a handmade business created with a love for color, surface, and craftsmanship. I work out of my home studio in Northside, Cincinnati making embroidered paintings and hand-painted wood jewelry that I sell online, in local gift shops, and at weekend markets.

What drew you to your career path?

I have always dreamed of making beautiful things for a living. As kid my parents always took me to all kinds of outdoor markets and I always admired the independence of the people selling their art and goods. When I decided to stop working for big business and make a career out of my painting I knew that I wanted to get into the sun and sell goods at markets and fleas.

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Where did your business name come from?

Ellebrux, is a phonetic spelling of L. Brooks, my first initial and last name. My nickname in college was “L. Brooks” or as one friend alternatively spelled it “Ellebrux”.  When I first got Instagram I used “Ellebrux” as my handle and quickly began selling paintings and building relationships with other creatives. When I decided to become a real business I toyed with the idea of changing my name to something less abstract, but in the end I’m glad I kept it! It feels very much a part of me and I am happy that I’ve had it since day one.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an artist. What that looked like changed over the years but I always knew I wanted to make things.

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What is your process from concept to creation?

I work in a way where something is always being painted while another is drying, and I always try to do all the things I hate (like sanding canvas, the worst) on a separate day where I can just listen to a podcast and blast through it. This way when I get into my studio it’s just smooth sailing mixing colors and going from one thing to the next in a nice workflow. I rarely sketch these days; I usually just browse through my paints and have fun with it. If a certain color palette sells like crazy I’ll keep working with it, and if there is something I loved that didn’t sell well I’ll sell the last ones and never make them again. There are many aspects to owning a business that are stressful so I like to keep my process happy and light, and I feel like that energy is reflected in my work.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was about to start college with the goal of becoming an artist. I wish I could have told myself I already was one! That would have taken away a lot of the pressure I put on myself over the years.

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 What has been your favorite thing about the Ellebrux journey so far?

I love it when I have people come up to me at shows and tell me that they have something I made that they love. Whether it’s a necklace that they get compliments on, a painting hung in a special place, or a gift they gave that was really appreciated. It makes me feel like I’m on the right path, and my business is healthy, and all my hard work is worth it.

What has been the biggest reward of starting your own business?

I love working from home and setting my own hours. I can lean into the ebbs and flows of my creativity rather than trying to schedule huge amounts of creative work after coming home from another job. For me it has been a much happier and more productive way to live and create.

What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?

As I have been growing my business in the last few years there have been so many resources that have helped me feel prepared for all of the chaos of starting a business. I would encourage women to insert themselves into spaces that will give them every advantage to meet people and learn from more experienced business owners. In the past year I took Co-Starters through Artworks and attended Midwest Craft Con, both of which were really fun and inspiring.

What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

I love finding new colors, textures and wild places throughout Ohio. There are so many beautiful trails and small towns to explore and appreciate. My mountain paintings actually came out of an appreciation of Appalachian culture during my time exploring the communities beyond Ohio University. When I find myself in a new city the energy and architecture is equally inspiring in my work. There is so much to enjoy here!

Follow @ellebrux on Instagram!

RHEINOceramics

Rikki Teeters

There is something very special about handmade items. Makers put pieces of their souls into everything they craft with their hands. You can really feel that energy. Unique one-of-a-kind goods are worth much more than mass produced soulless products. We want to honor the Makers and Artists of Ohio by featuring them in our new Ohio Made blog series!

RHEINOceramics is one of our favorite local Makers. This girl has pure talent. She makes beautiful handmade ceramics with a modern twist. We were lucky enough to go behind the scenes with Jessie Rienerth, the Boss Lady of this Cincinnati brand!

Tell us about RHEINOceramics.

Rheino Ceramics is my small (side) business that I started a couple of years ago where I create small- batch, functional ceramics. I am an artist that graduated from UC’s DAAP program with a BFA and I found such a rich clay community in Cincinnati that it seemed silly not to stick around for a while after graduation. I am a full- time production supervisor at Rookwood Pottery in Over -the- Rhine, but Rheino is a better example of what I love to do. All of my work is created at my studio space in Lower Price Hill that I share with a few other artists.

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What drew you to ceramics?

I was drawn to Ceramics because of the community aspect of the material. Clay is extremely complex and broad with the amount of possibilities available. If I didn’t have my clay friends that graciously offer up knowledge and support, I wouldn’t be able to make half of the work I have created thus-far. I will never get bored of this material. It keeps me on my toes and I love that more than anything.

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Where did the name Rheino Ceramics come from?

Rheino comes from a mix of things. Mostly, it’s a nod to my Dad. Our last name is Rienerth, so his nickname with his friends is Rhino. Both of my parents are the best people in the world and my Dad has always been such a wonderfully stable person in my life. I also wanted to play with the word “rhine” due to the Cincinnati location.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be so many things! I’ll try to remember everything. Superhero, basketball player, priest (when I was like 6), librarian, fire-fighter, pilot, chef, and I also thought pretty hard about architecture in my High School Days. Art therapy was also a thought.

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What is your process?

My process all depends on making. The more I make, the more ideas I get and the more organic the process becomes. I don't sketch much, and I find more satisfaction with just making a plain cylinder and going from there. Pushing my craft and the forms I make is the best way for me to grow. Same goes with the surface decoration. Testing is the best part of the process and the material.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I would tell myself to just do what you really love. I know that sounds cheesy. I would not have stressed out half as much about the impending future after high school if I knew that just working really hard at something I really love would bring me this joy. There was just too much unnecessary worrying when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in school. If you really want something, you'll make it work.

What has been your favorite thing about the Rheino Ceramics journey so far?

My favorite thing about having Rheino is the people I have met. The community is so supportive of local makers and other makers are also extremely supportive. Makers are the best people you will ever meet.

What has been the biggest reward of starting your own business?

The biggest reward of having my own business is just having the ability to make my work. I am able to feed a part of my life that has to be there. My goal when I graduated from UC was to just keep making work. I know I am going to be ok as long as I am making.

What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

Being from Cleveland, I love that I have experienced of the two opposite poles of the states. Lake Erie will always be one of my favorite places, but there are so many other great things between the Ohio river and the lake. Mohican, the metro parks, Hocking hills, Yellow Springs, etc., you can't get bored with this place. There is a great balance of growing metropolitan areas and the cities with the awesome parks and trails throughout the state.

Follow Rheino Ceramics on Instagram at @rheinoceramics!