Alex Olson | Episode 925

Alex Olson would make pottery and will work as a freelance photographer in Brooklyn, New York. Alex fires most of his faceted and textured practical pots in wooden and soda kilns. Alex researched studio art at Carleton Higher education in Northfield, Minnesota, exactly where he focused on ceramics, photography, and woodworking.


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This interview was edited for ease in looking through. Prolonged variation is on our podcast. 

Is it essential at the very least in these early stages to have diverse revenue? To have diverse sources for dollars to be coming in to your lifestyle?

Indeed, ideal now getting a wide range of sources of money is undoubtedly crucial. I generally do pottery but also some freelance operate, sites, photography, videography, and getting those alternate money sources allow me to each have much more consistency with the revenue I am building but also there is additional selection working day to working day, 7 days to week. And that will help place a lot less of a strain on my system mainly because as we all know pottery can be taxing on the human body.

I feel you claimed, Existence is genuine. You have got true expenditures and there is a actuality that arrives with striving to are living the artist’s life-style. Is it great to have sort of have these “reality checks” that you have got real duties that have to be dealt with?

Certainly. I feel it is vital prior to diving into a resourceful life, type of have a small bit of a street map as to how you want to pursue what you want to go after. And I imagine it’s critical to recognize that it might not search like pottery one hundred % of the time proper away. It could be that you have a aspect time job in addition to what you are doing creatively. You could possibly have a total time work at first. I believe these truth checks, remaining sincere with you about the price of residing, whichever you are accomplishing has to be at least sustainable in the quick expression.

Do you have a regular monthly funds that you live in, a system for how the income is likely to be used?

I do have a tough plan centered on what my expenses have been in prior months and certainly that differs dependent on where by you are residing and what kind of way of life you stay, and what your revenue resources are.  But I believe having at the very least some form of spending plan definitely can help specially in a area where by the overhead is extremely high.

Wherever do you provide your function?

I sell my operate largely on my website. But I also have my do the job in a pair of galleries and juried shows each individual few of months. And I also do some wholesale work with a couple of tea shops.

Do you have to funds your time also to deliver for all those various retailers?

Indeed, there is a good volume of organizing that goes into creating do the job for all those various avenues of sale. I, all over again, largely sell my perform by my web site but when I am offering perform to galleries I absolutely have deadlines on the calendar and form of function back from there to make absolutely sure I have work that is all set. And with the wholesale function I do I shop a batch of tea bowls every thirty day period, so typically at the beginning of the thirty day period I begin making all those and I make sure that by the close of the month I can ship at least twenty-4 to 30-six pieces to a provided tea home.

What would your upcoming dream chapter appear like?

I definitely like the thought of going to graduate college to the two find out a lot more experienced skills linked to pursing a imaginative profession but also continuing to build my expertise of pottery, of how wooden firing and other atmospheric firing approaches get the job done. And I imagine a graduate software would also assist further my eventual target of perhaps having a assets 1 working day with a wood kiln or a soda kiln and acquiring my possess studio.

E book

Wintering by Katherine May perhaps

Wild Clay by Matt Levy, Trakuro Shibata, and Hitomi Shibata 


Instagram: @alex.olson.arts