Artist Q&A: Meet Gwenn Granquist

Ceramic Arts Network: Did you come to pottery from a different career? Tell us about your journey and how your previous career informs your ceramic career. 

Gwenn Granquist: I’m retired and live in a resort/lake community in Wisconsin one hour from Chicago or Milwaukee. In my former working life I was a Sales/Marketing Manager in the computer industry. While working, I travelled a great deal and often went to different art galleries and fairs throughout the US. I often thought about what it would be like to learn to “throw” and work with clay.

Since retiring, I’ve had more time to explore gardening and other creative outlets. When I found out our local high school offers a pottery class I quickly signed up. I love the smoothness of the clay on my finger tips and quickly realized throwing is not an easy thing to learn. I thought I had finally found my calling, but I experienced an injury which made working on a wheel almost impossible. My instructor suggested hand building and it became an opportunity for a second career.

My sales and marketing background have certainly helped me start a small business, market my work, and sell what I create. My pottery is influenced by my love of gardening. I sell my pottery at art fairs, and in galleries, and online through Etsy. I also do annual studio sales in the spring and fall.

  • Donna E.

    Thanks for sharing your story. It is refreshing to hear about second careers that involve clay.

  • Subscriber T.

    I assume these are butter dishes. WOW. Love the nice flow of the bases and handles. Especially love the black matte one. Good for you and thank you for taking the time to post.

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