May-June Update

A lot of things have recently been happening, which is why I haven't been blogging:

  1. I got Lasik eye surgery, which has led to an interesting recovery period. The first few weeks in the studio my depth perception was off, so drawing and doing prints on my ceramic wares proved to be tough. It's been amazing waking up and being able to see. I was nearly blind before the surgery and the next day was already able to see as well as I did with contacts in. 
  2. I have increased my wholesale production and am selling to more and more shops every week! This has been an amazing period of growth for me and I'm so thankful to be working with incredible shops and shop owners to expand my business. I love meeting new people and having reasons to visit new places, which is perfect for owning a small business :)
  3. We went camping for the first time (and now also the second time) since living in the Bay Area and it reminded me of how nurturing, reassuring, and calming nature can be. When we were living in Austin, we only went camping once, for a music festival (womp womp!), which was great, but it was nice to drive up to Point Reyes, backpack our food and shelter in, and have a relaxing time with friends.
  4. I'm finally making some friends that I hang out with regularly and am getting more settled into life in San Francisco. It's always hard to move to a new city, meet people, and get accustomed to new surroundings. Now I know how to get to my local FedEx and USPS stores to mail out packages, I can drive to the studio without using my GPS, I have a few neighborhood restaurants I frequent, and I'm finding new events to go to. 
  5. I taught my first ceramics class and first workshop at the Crucible. Teaching is much different than I thought. It's really fun to work with people who have never touched clay before and see them create functional and sculptural wares they are excited about. I realized I get a little excited about all the possibilities and need to learn to focus on one set of instructions or one method of decoration until students have a better understanding, but teaching has been eye-opening and fun. I even got to fire my first horsehair pottery!

Here's a few photos of what we've been up to:

Camping in Point Reyes - we spotted a black-tailed deer!

Camping in Point Reyes - we spotted a black-tailed deer!

Wine tasting in Healdsburg

Wine tasting in Healdsburg

Road tripping to go to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to go camping

Road tripping to go to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to go camping

My first horsehair fired bowl!

My first horsehair fired bowl!

Gopi Shah

Gopi Shah Ceramics, Austin, TX, 78702, United States

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Gopi Shah began crafting clayworks in high school and continued her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014, Gopi launched her ceramics business after moving to Austin, Texas. Since founding her practice, Gopi’s repertoire has expanded to incorporate textures, sgraffito, and hand-painting to create a collection inspired by memories and nature. Gopi proudly crafts ceramic wares in her East Austin studio working clay into new forms and objects every day.