Interview With an Artist - Moon Shine Design•
Posted on August 07 2020
An Interview with Potter Brittany Fahres
Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Brittany, and I am a Wisconsin native. My boyfriend and I moved to Houston a year ago, having met in college and gotten jobs in Texas soon after. I had taught two years of art at a local high school in Madison, WI; and missed the feeling of creating and making with my hands - so I looked into nearby maker spaces. That’s when I founded Moonshine Design, a ceramic and jewelry business.
How did you get started and learn to make pottery?
Art has been an inherent part of my childhood - my mother was an artist, and I majored in Art Education in Madison, WI. I taught two years of advanced ceramic classes at a high school in Madison and gained a love and appreciation for clay, metal, and painting.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning and wants to learn pottery?
I used to tell my students that anything can be learned, with patience and some work. Art is flexible and opinionated - and different people are attracted to different works of art. Meaning, you do not need to be traditionally talented to make something of value and express yourself. That being said, do not underestimate the power of classes, teachers, and mentors who can teach you traditional skills if that is your end goal. Find someone who inspires you and learn from them.
I see you also make jewelry. Do you create anything else?
When I first started creating at my maker space in Houston, I had an accomplished jewelry mentor who taught me how to make jewelry and forge metal. I am currently swamped in ceramic orders, otherwise, I would be exploring more metal designs.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I am constantly inspired by modern trends in color and shape. I love geometric shapes, while also studying artists who use abstract brushstrokes and interesting textures. Many artists are on Instagram, and a few key local artists inspire my current designs. I look to make pieces that work visually and also sell well commercially.
Whose work do you most admire in the world of ceramics?
I am currently closely following a local artist who goes by the name BoxSparrow. Her name is Abbie, and her work is a mixture of abstract glaze design while keeping a clean form and fairly blank palette. Her work is unique with bits of gold luster - adding a metallic, luxurious addition to her dishware and vases.
Where can we keep up with you?
I am currently selling on Etsy as Moonshine Design (shop) - https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonshineDesignShop
I post on Instagram frequently with collaborations and commissioned work in Houston: @moonshinedesign_tx
My work can be found in local stores: Forth and Nomad, and Space Montrose
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