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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.


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


Rikki Teeters

Ellebrux is one of our favorite Ohio artists! This talented lady makes beautiful art & jewelry in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to a Behind The Scenes Look at Ellebrux's Cincinnati studio, we also interviewed owner, Laura, about her journey, her craft, and her unique modern art. 

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.


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.


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.


 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!