466 words • Miniviews

I'm a Maker Because...with Halley Immelt

Halley Immelt, Potter - Maker Miniviews series. These interviews are quick and to-the-point, check it out.

By Scott Mathson, Makerviews

Makerviews exists to share the stories of and advice from a variety of talented makers, designers, and artists.

Follow Makerviews

Supporters

Plink podcast smart links logo

Plink makes smart links for podcasts. Smart links auto-open iOS and Android pre-installed apps or send to App links page. Try one: Makerviews podcast.

Miniviews series - No. 65 with Halley Immelt

You’ve landed on the sixty-fifth installment of the Maker Miniviews (mini, two question interviews) series. Learn more about these maker interviews and view a list of all Miniviews.

Halley Immelt is a mother, full-time designer, and pottery maker. Halley expresses herself by creating unique ceramic pieces - home decor, mugs, wall art, vases, and more - and sells online, at Ohio craft and maker fairs, and commissions select custom work. This maker is channeling her entrepreneurial, creative, and artistic spirit via Ice + Dust Pottery.

Check out this interview with Halley Immelt!

I'm a Maker Because...

Halley Immelt photo

Halley Immelt interview

What inspires you to keep making things?

"I genuinely love the process. I could make hundreds of the same form over and over before getting tired of it because I genuinely enjoy the repetition, and I love that at the end of the process, I have the opportunity to share what I've made with other people and see the joy it brings them."

What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?

"Try to get yourself in a place where you don't have to create work that you don't enjoy making. There's a lot of pressure on makers these days to do custom work, and there seems to be an expectation that artists should be grateful for every paid commission. But if that's not your thing, don't do it, and find a way to be comfortable with that.

I am one of many makers who also has a full-time job and a family, so a lot of my life is spent in service of others. I am 100% okay being a little selfish with who I create art for these days, and I'm fortunate that I am in a position where I don't have to worry about turning down commissions. Pottery is my self care, and if I sacrificed the creative freedom I have with pottery, I wouldn't have anything left for myself."

"Try to get yourself in a place where you don't have to create work that you don't enjoy making..." — Halley Immelt

Follow Halley Immelt’s work: Ice + Dust Pottery websiteFacebookInstagram profile.

Photo credit: Megan Leigh Barnard, Photographer and Co-founder of @creativebabes


Share this - I'm a Maker Because...with Halley Immelt

"Pottery is my self care, and if I sacrificed the creative freedom I have with pottery, I wouldn't have anything left for m..." - Halley Immelt
Halley Immelt maker interview

More maker interviews

I'm a Maker Because...with Johnny Tromboukis

January 5, 2020 • | Woodworking Design

Johnny Tromboukis is a fine woodworker from New York City running JT Woodworks. JT makes modern housewares, furniture, and more pieces that are inf...

Check interview out

Making It Interview...with Aspen Vo

December 23, 2019 • | Design

Aspen Vo is an artist, designer, and calligrapher. Aspen has worked with brands like Anthropologie, and dreams of opening a brick-and-mortar callig...

Check interview out

Makerviews email newsletter

Get new maker interviews, inspiration, and news direct-to-inbox.

chevronLeft icon Previous
Category: Miniviews | Tags: Pottery Design

Interested in interviewing?

Have a maker to nominate? Are you a maker yourself? Let's get more maker's stories out there - submit interviews here.

Recommended books for makers