Creative Genius: Ceramicist Emily Reinhardt
Get to know what inspires this talented modern ceramic artist.
Scrolling through ceramic artist Emily Reinhardt's Instagram feed, it's easy to see how talented she is. Her work is organic and yet modern at the same time. She uses muted/soft colors with metallic flecks to give her work a unique look. From cups, planters and plates to jewerly dishes, Emily turns a slab of clay into a beautiful work of art. We sat down with Emily to learn more about her work, inspriration and how she runs a creative business.
How did you get into a creative business?
My business unfolded very organically. The Object Enthusiast started as a blog when I graduated from college. I wanted a way to continue talking about ceramics and looking at art. After getting that started, I was able to get my hands on the right studio equipment that I needed to start up on my own practice again. I opened an Etsy shop mostly just to get rid of a lot of the work I had made in college, but started to see things growing in a way I had not expected.
How would you characterize your style?
My ceramic work is geometric, organic, and glamorous—a lot of gold, a lot of bright color, and I work really hard to keep with a perfectly imperfect style of making. I like the little nuances in varying patterns and glaze textures, and I'm always happy when I end up with a surprise in the kiln.
Who is (are) your biggest influences?
I have a lot of feelings for the people who taught me what they know about ceramics. My two professors, Dylan Beck and Yoshi Ikeda, were both really big influences in my college life. Had I not wandered into that ceramics studio during my second year, I would have never found my path and my passion. My teachers at Kansas State University were there to foster that interest, and they guided me along as I started my ceramics journey. I think of them often!
Tell us the story behind your business name?
The Object Enthusiast started as the name of my blog—I am a collector at heart, and my love of "stuff" became the namesake for what I do.
Do you prefer wheel thrown pottery or hand building?
I prefer hand building, only because it's what I'm better at. In college, I didn't study any wheel throwing, I was all about sculpture and site-specific installation work. I really wish I had learned how to throw on the wheel when I had more time to learn and when I had my teachers close by. I'm still learning how to get better at that now!
What inspires you (and your art)?
I'm very inspired by the home—my own and other people's homes. I've always loved to see what people collect and what people keep close and out on display at home. Before I discovered ceramics, I wanted to be an interior designer, so I've always had a love for setting up a home and making it my own.
What are your favorite pieces to make?
Right now, I really love making cups. I've been throwing mostly cylinders lately, as I work on getting better, and I'm noticing how much I enjoy making and use cups. Handled mugs as well as cups without handles. I like to make work that gets to be used and lived with, so functional pottery allows for just that!