Quickbooks x Gopi Shah Ceramics

In November, I was contacted by a production company to star in a commercial about the accounting software, Quickbooks, for my small business! Over 50 people came to my garage studio to film me for a full day shoot. 

The day started at 7 am when security, wardrobe, and hair and makeup came by and ended at nearly 7 pm when we did the last shot of me opening my garage door (which was actually the opening scene!). The art department set my studio up to look nice on camera, our driveway was filled with the film crew's gear and personnel, and Intuit was set up in our backyard with stadium seating so they could see the commercial being shot. 

Behind the scenes filming

Behind the scenes filming

During breaks of filming, I was photographed by the incredible Magdalena Wosinska for stills for the campaign. I was also able to chat a bit with the production and film crews as well as the client.

Did I feel like a celebrity? Yes. Did everyone in my neighborhood think I was a celebrity? Yes. It's ironic - for growing up in LA, I don't have many friends in the film industry, but I moved back to LA and six months later starred in a commercial. It was an incredible experience, and I have been overjoyed with messages coming in from friends across the country exclaiming they saw me on TV. The best was on Christmas when my family was watching a football game and then all of a sudden my face was on TV. My entire family screamed with excitement! 

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Never would I have thought I'd be in a commercial for my business, but really thankful to showcase my small business and my hard work.

 

Unique LA This Weekend!

Come visit me at Unique LA Holiday 2017 show December 2-3 Booth 140 at the California Market Center! I'll be sharing a booth with my good friend Claire Sommers Buck who is coming all the way from Austin!

Shop from more than 400 independent designers and makers selling everything from home goods, clothing, gourmet edibles, ad so much more! Tickets can be purchased for $15 here, which includes a tote bag, DJ's spinning all day, free photobooth fun with Oh! Snap, free drinks + snacks from Califia Farms + GT's Kombucha, cocktails from Amaro Angelino and Ventura Spirits, kids area from OOLY and DIY projects by Art Camp + Hush Beauty Labs.

Holiday Backyard Boutique

Join me this Saturday from 11-4 in Long Beach at an intimate Holiday Backyard Boutique. I will be selling my pottery along with other Long Beach artisans, makers and curators of handmade and vintage finds:

Bless The Theory
Burke Mercantile
California Driftors
Duende
Jivita
Jurate Brown
Rabbitlore
Samantha Ceramics
Take it or Leave it
Verve

Bring friends and family! Enjoy a snack, a sip and more treats for body and spirit! Kids craft table by Avery Boo Arts, readings and mini Reiki sessions by Heart and Crown Reiki, tunes by Psychic Pollution, mini manis by Sheila M, and brow art consults by Project Beauty.

To RSVP, please click on the private Facebook event invite here or you can email me for the address. 

Patchwork Long Beach

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I'll be selling my pottery at Patchwork on November 12th at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. I'm excited to meet other makers in the area and expand my creative community down in Southern California! 

We're Hiring!

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Gopi Shah Ceramics is a handcrafted ceramics and pottery design production studio based in Long Beach, California. Every piece is thrown on the wheel or hand built, trimmed, bisque-fired, glazed, and then glaze-fired to 2200°. Founded in 2014 in Austin, Texas, Gopi Shah Ceramics has moved from Austin to San Francisco to Long Beach and with it, designs, forms and clay bodies have developed and changed to create a line of stoneware home decor items that combine ancient traditions and techniques with modern forms and finishes.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Gopi Shah Ceramics has been a one-woman production studio up until now. We are seeking a production assistant that is a jack-of-all-trades. The ideal candidate is dependable, has a high attention to detail, and is seeking to further their pottery knowledge and experience. This is a part-time (15-20 hours a week) independent contractor position, but the right candidate will have the option to grow with the company and expand their role and responsibilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Learn all products for production
  • Weigh clay for wheel-throwing
  • Sponge greenware
  • Manipulate and decorate forms
  • Glaze/hand-paint bisqueware 
  • Pack and ship orders
  • Prep for and sell at craft fairs

REQUIREMENTS

  • Work consistently and precisely
  • Detail oriented
  • Great attitude
  • Self-starter
  • Excellent craftsmanship skills
  • Able to follow instructions accurately and in a timely manner
  • One+ semester of ceramics instruction
  • Lift 50 lbs
  • Repetitive motion
  • Stand for 80% of the day

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and samples of your work to gopishahceramics@gmail.com. Local applicants only.