a visit with: Kala Stein

Over the next few months leading up to our November market, Tuesday through Thursday we'll be showcasing one of our 2012 market artists, their work, and a little peek at where they make the magic happen. We hope you'll enjoy this new series, where we'll ask the same questions of each of our makers. 

You'll get to know a little bit about our talented makers and what inspires them, read about their favorite ways to recharge their creativity, and learn what experience has shown them to be an invaluable piece of the puzzle in selling their work. Come November, won't it be great to walk into a room filled with inspiring, familiar faces? We think so, too!

We're delighted to kick off our series this morning by spending some time with talented ceramic artist and returning Second Storie vendor, Kala Stein...

a visit with:

- Kala Stein - 

What first inspired you to create/make what you do now?
My tile work is inspired directly from the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works historic tiles. I worked there from 2002-2005 as a tile maker and the style and timeless content is still an influence.

Your advice for someone just starting out
and wanting to sell their work?
Work to present your work in the right way, have a variety of price points, and have all of the paperwork to go with it- email lists, handouts, and business cards. Customer service is really important too- returning customers are the best because you know they are really happy with your product and most likely will tell their friends and family about you too!

- her studio -

Three things or people who inspire you?
Picking only 3 is really difficult!
Three artists I admire and am constantly inspired by are: 
Rebecca ChappellAnnabeth RosenRuth Duckworth

- her work -

Favorite way to take a break/recharge your creative batteries?
I love to go to museums or the NK (art) section in the library. By looking at old and ancient objects I feel entirely humbled
and motivated to make things with a richness and hopefully
timeless quality.

Any news or upcoming events you'd like to share?
I will have an open studio sale October 6th & 7th, as part of the Naples Open Studio TrailFree and all welcome! 

Cuisine Culture (a pottery + food event) has an upcoming event: Bountiful Bowls, on November 2nd. Tickets go on sale soon. Admission includes a delicious local dinner and handmade bowl. This event is a collaboration between Cuisine Culture
(Kala Stein & Kate Money) and the Rabbit Room.

Get to know more about Kala here:


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