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SKT Ceramics

Rikki Teeters

SKT Ceramics is a well known and highly respected pottery studio based in Cincinnati. Owner, Susannah Tisue, and her team of talented artists create naturally inspired pieces. We interviewed Susannah to learn more about her thriving Ohio-made business. Our team is thrilled that SKT Ceramics is joining us for our 2018 Autumn Maker Mart at 21c Cincinnati!

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Tell us about your local business.

SKT Ceramics is a porcelain pottery and illustration studio. Our Cincinnati studio creates handcrafted, high-fired tableware and gifts. Each piece is adorned with one my 87 original illustrations and detailed with hand painted glaze. Our pieces are fired in an atmospheric gas kiln using 1,000 year old celadon glaze formulas, which gives character to our sturdy, luminous pieces. I created the line in 2008 while living in New York as moments of calm in the chaos of the city, with quiet glaze colors and detailed nature illustrations.

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What drew you to your craft?

I studied fine arts at New York University, with a focus on painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. A series of cake sculptures led me to ceramics, with the need for a ceramic cake stand. The meditative practice of throwing pottery on the wheel and quiet simplicity of functional pieces drew me to the art form. I love that our pottery pieces are simple, humble works of art that become part of everyday routines. Within the format of my functional pieces, I employ the techniques and materials that I focused on while at NYU.

After college, I completed a 3 year artist residency at Greenwich House Pottery in Manhattan’s West Village. The pottery is part of a settlement house, founded in 1909 to teach immigrants marketable skills, Since its founding, it has played a pivotal role in the lives of many ceramicists. It was at Greenwich House that I first discovered porcelain as a material, as well our iron based celadon glaze recipes. Their 3 story ceramic school surrounded a tiny courtyard. In that courtyard, I realized how critical calming moments with nature and landscape are, and those quiet moments are something I hope to capture in my pieces.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

In my early ceramic career, I made a hand painted penguin cup for a lifelong friend who loves penguins. It is hard to remember at this point, but I think it was the first piece that utilized the unglazed porcelain “ground” on the base that all of our land animals stand on. I intended for it to be a one of a kind cup, but fell in love with the combination of image, glaze and clay body in that piece. In a lot of ways, it strongly influences all of the pieces that we make today. The penguin has long been one of our best sellers, and I think of my friend every time I hand one to a customer!

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve always wanted to be an artist and since preschool have been busy building worlds around concepts. I was really able to hone in on my concepts while at NYU, so I credit a lot of inspiration to that period of time, and functional pottery happened to be a perfect medium to translate those ideas into life.

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What is your creative process?

My creative process is multi faceted. All of the illustrations begin as pen and ink drawings in my sketchbook. I typically draw at home where it’s quiet and I can have a nice mug of coffee on hand! For new illustrations, I add illustrations that would be in conversation with existing drawings in the SKT line, and I always take into account customer feedback and requests. Currently the llama and hummingbird are front runners!

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All of the pieces are made from scratch in my studio by myself and a team of skilled artists. We use hand building, wheel throwing and ram pressing to make our forms, and screen print them with my drawings. They’re fired in an electric kiln for the first firing. The images are hand painted first with glaze, then wax resist before we dip them in our high fire celadon glazes.

Our pieces are fired in a gas kiln to 2,350 degrees and the composition of our particular glaze makes them dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe! Sales feed into my creative process. I launched into making and selling work full time in 2010 while at the Brooklyn Flea on both Saturdays and Sundays. Weekly customer feedback helped refine and expand my illustration and form offerings. I now have a year round booth in Cincinnati's Findlay Market and I love that the same thing is happening there. Whether it’s a reaction to the shape of the handle or the response to new illustrations, I gain so much valuable feedback from our community on a weekly basis.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Business ownership is not for the faint of heart. It’s a long, hard, road, but worth every minute!

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

We have a year round space at Findlay Market, a local food and farmers market, so I see first hand the benefits of “shopping local” every weekend. Each purchase from a local artist/maker/farmer directly goes back into our community and provides jobs for our neighbors. These in-person exchanges build relationships within the community and as a general rule, I find that the quality of pieces made and purchased locally is so much higher.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I love that our pieces mean something to our customers. When they use our pieces, they’re reminded of a particular place, event, or the person that gifted them the piece. Through my illustrations, our pottery provides moments of connection.

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

Build your line from within. When you’re pulling from your own unique experience, people will respond to your story. You will never have to wonder where to go next and inspiration will come readily.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

My pieces channel quiet moments with nature out of necessity. I’m a city dweller at heart and love the walkability and unlimited potential of exploring Ohio’s downtowns. I love the shops, cafes and restaurants, from old school spots to energized newcomers. On every street and every corner there is someone who is pursuing their passion.

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Linnea Campbell Ceramic Art

Rikki Teeters

Ohio artist, Linnea Campbell, creates her own functional ceramic art from scratch. We love her unique style and integration of natural design elements such as insects and plants. We went behind the scenes with the owner in her Cincinnati studio. Linnea Campbell is one of one-hundred talented Ohioans that we will be featuring at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!

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 h

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 creative process? 

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 where 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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Meet Linnea Campbell Ceramic Art on December 3rd, 2017 at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!