You know how much I love finding new artists to share, so it should come as no surprise that I am thrilled to introduce you to Unurth. I spent a few minutes this week getting to know Jenn Romero and it was a pure pleasure. Her line of handmade ceramics began with a question: What if our lives were filled with beautiful objects that reminded us of our favorite moments in nature and with each other? Jenn has captured these magical moments with her fun and fresh collection. While I love her super-cute Book Slugs and her adorable Barnacle Planters, it’s these Happy Clam bird feeders and treasure keepers that steal the show. I have a feeling that you will be seeing these amazing ceramic creatures all over the place. You just remember you saw them here first!
We asked Jenn a few questions about her creative process. Here’s what she told us:
1. What inspired you to begin your collection?
There is so much beauty in the world. My collection is about creating everyday objects that sing to you, put a smile on your face, and that compel you to touch. I feel strongly that simple ordinary things around you effect the quality of your life.
2. Can you name a favorite source of inspiration?
My favorite place for inspiration is on the trail. The shapes the world creates are incredible. There is treasure in the details. Miles in, the mind is clear. That’s when the best ideas bubble to the surface.
3. What materials do you love to use?
I love working with natural materials. Clay is such a versatile medium. Beautiful in production and capable of transforming from a ball of earth to something beautiful. Watercolor and wood are also materials I love. The bleed of fresh paint in a wash and the smell of the wood shop are equally compelling!
4. Do you have a dream collaborator?
That is a tough one! There are so many amazing people and groups. I am most excited about studios that blend art, design, and craft. Esque Studio is incredible in concept, execution, and beauty. They would be a dream to collaborate with.
5. When you need a musical muse, who do you turn the volume up for?
To get into the right space – a blend of Sigur Ros, Bjork, and instrumentals like Nin Inch Nails Ghosts create musical landscapes that never fail to fuel me. In the studio I am also a voracious audio book reader. There is nothing like a little Raymond Chandler to keep one company after hours!
6. How do you use social media/blogging to promote your work?
I love to connect with others- sharing inspiration, process, and sights along the trail.
7. Where do you see your shop/project going?
One day, all the way, haha! The goal is to craft a sustainable creative business that puts a little beauty back into the world.