Happy Black Friday Everyone !!! This week we are featuring Tina Fossella Pottery. Owner Tina Fossella is a a mindful psychotherapist by day and a joyful potter by night. She is participating in the Indie Holiday Emporium being held this weekend at Pier 35. You can find her at booth #850.
1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?
Tina Fossella Pottery
2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
I LOVE pottery and have been working on simple functional forms with the hope of bringing beauty and happiness into people's everyday lives. I am a member of our local community studio and so whenever I can I like to spend my time there. I am a very spiritual person and so everything that I make is informed by my quiet and contemplative way of life. I spend a lot of time near the ocean and so i feel that comes through as well.
4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
I work as a psychotherapist during the week and as a potter on the weekends. I love to help people and bring love and beauty into the world. I have been a long time meditator and I feel that pottery is my meditation in action - a place where my spirituality and creativity become one.
5. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
facebook: Tina Fossella Pottery
pinterest: Tina Fossella
6 .What inspires your creations?
Everything that I make comes from a quiet place within. I am a deeply contemplative person by nature. In the space of quiet something arises in my mind, a form or design, and then I try to figure out how to make it. Clay is a wonderful medium for bringing form into creation.
7. How did you get involved with Etsy?
My sister and I have a fantasy of retiring early and doing what we love full-time. We had a difficult childhood and so finding joy is very important and healing for us. She makes jewelry and has an etsy shop as well.
What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
My biggest challenge is that I can't keep up with all the social media and self-promoting that I feel I need to do. I am not one to spend time on my computer and it takes me forever just to sort out how things work. By the time I figure it out, everything changes all over again!
8.What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
I love the items I have carved or painted as they are more personal for me. I have a love for lotus flowers and snakes and so my new favorite design is the black sake bottle with the snake inside the lotus. I have a series of vases and bowls that just came out of the kiln this week. I will put them in the shop after I photograph them. I just love this design.
9. What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
I participated in my first SF Etsy event a few months ago and it was so much fun. I just loved that all these creative people showed up in a parking lot and then after just a few moments suddenly there were all these booths with all this amazing work and tons of people buying it. I was out of control!
10. If you had to live out the rest of your life as a famous fictional character, who would you be and why?
I would be the wise old lady who lived in a tree and helped people who came to visit by teaching them how to make pots.
11. If your life was a book, what would be the title and how would your story end?
I have written a memoir as part one of a trilogy (but that's another story). Part 2 is in draft form "Healing the Mindful Way." Part 3 is unwritten "Waking up From the Dream." That is when I live 100% in the present moment and am free from the challenges of my past. This is what is so healing for me about pottery. My complete focus on my pots pulls my attention into right here and right now and that is where the bliss happens.
12. Tell us about your first sale ever?
My first sale was at our local pottery studio where we have a storefront. The customer wanted to meet the artist and so came into the studio to talk to me. I was so surprised and happy that he wanted my pot I didn't know what to say! I always feel so joyful when people buy my pots. It seems like people who love pottery are so kind. I love the way the pick up and feel the pieces and then hold them like they're taking home my little babies.
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