Whiskey + Clay | Austin Artist

Photographed by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Kimmy Rohrs of Whiskey + Clay

How did you get started?


Back in February, 2013 I was dumped by a total loser (who I of course thought was amazing at the time) and felt like I needed to improve myself - try new things and establish more hobbies than just distance running. I signed up for a pottery class with my roommates girlfriend at a place down the street from my house called the Maryland Hall and totally fell for throwing. Pottery instantly satisfied my craving to create, control, and focus my entire self on something new. My job moved me to austin later that year and I signed up for classes at a studio called Clayways. They taught me most everything I know now and I’m forever grateful for my time there. Summer of 2015 my partner and I found a rad vintage gas kiln on craigslist and picked it up. Slowly over the next few months we fixed it up, got it dialed in, and created my own home studio.

What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?


Neutrals! I’ve never been a big fan of colors - especially ones not found in nature. Most of the colors I do use are inspired by west Texas - light browns, creams, sky blue, rock. As far as shapes - I’ve been recently inspired by a tapered in foot. Basically when the piece grows wider as it grows taller. It adds such elegance and lightness to the piece.

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How do you balance your personal time + work? / How do you create separation?


Poorly! Just kidding, I think I do alright. I work full time as an accountant at a local brewery. It’s a perfect little situation. I spend days using my mathematical brain and evenings using the creative side. Running is also a passion of mine and helps me cope with stressful moments. My typical day is pretty streamlined these days -  working 7-3pm, run right when I get home, make dinner, then work on pottery until bedtime. Running acts as a buffer to allow my mind to transition and get creative.

What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?


I’m a fairly motivated by deadlines. Especially when it’s something I create. Know that amazing feeling when you were a kid and saw the presents under the tree on christmas morning? Same thing with opening the kiln after a long run - that very feeling is motivation enough for me to press on when the going gets tough.

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand?


I've toyed with the idea of making pottery my full time job. Sure it would be fantastic to work for myself and make my own schedule, but I'm not the type to work alone. I need others around to be my most productive. Also the idea of turning my passion into my career scares the crap out of me. I like separating my paying job from my fun pass time. Plus my full time job at Austin Beerworks is so fantastic, I'm the luckiest girl in Austin. As far as next for w&c - I see myself experimenting with more glaze colors - golds, light pinks, etc. and pushing myself to try bigger, taller pieces. I hope to never rest on my laurels and get comfortable.