Gina Zycher, One Woman Show
Gina Zycher, Owner
Hello, I’m Gina! I’ve lived in Los Angeles for most of my life, and about five years ago I found my calling as a potter. I’ve always liked doing crafty things – knitting, embroidery, making simple jewelry, et cetera – but I never thought I could do anything artistic as an actual career. I studied film at UC Davis and after I graduated I worked a string of odd jobs, most of which I enjoyed but was never really passionate about. When I started learning to make pottery, I quickly realized that this could be My Thing; it fulfilled me in a way that none of my other hobbies or endeavors ever had. And after a good deal of practice and experimentation, I started to feel like my work was good enough to put out there to share and sell.
The funny thing I’ve realized about inspiration is that when you’re obsessed with something, it’s always there in your brain while you interact with the world. I’m always seeing things when I’m going about my daily business that spark ideas. Just this past week I noticed a cutout in someone’s wooden side gate that I thought would be a great vase form.
I’m a one-woman show and everything I make is a reflection of some aspect of myself, whether it’s the part of me that feels like a bit of a misfit, or my playful side, or how I like to be a little fancy and a little down-to-earth at the same time. I’m a homebody, so I like making pottery that makes home feel special, whether it’s a vase that becomes a focal point of your living room or your favorite cup to drink from.
My goal is to create work that has character while still having a kind of grace and tranquility to it.
Realizing there could be interest in my pottery happened somewhat gradually, and my vision for my brand (a term that I’m not entirely comfortable with yet, but let’s go with it!) is still evolving and taking shape.
When friends and people I’d connected with on Instagram started asking me about purchasing items, that planted the seed that got me thinking that I could turn what had just been a hobby and an escape into something bigger. The two big pushes were being asked to contribute pieces to an art show and getting my first wholesale order. It has been snowballing since then and I’m taking bigger and bigger steps as opportunities present themselves.
Handmade pottery is really having a renaissance right now and there’s quite a lot of it being made! I feel like my pieces are extensions of myself and representations of myself, so I take care to make sure that every piece I create and put out to the world is good quality. My work is made for people who want something that feels special and unique, but not over-the-top or kitschy.
The bottom line is that I make things that I would want for myself – and honestly it’s very hard to part with certain pieces sometimes! Pottery is my joy and above all else I do it for myself. Selling my work is fulfilling too, but it is secondary. I feel very lucky that I’ve been able to connect with people who appreciate the same things aesthetically that I do.
I can be a little fickle, so it’s hard to pick a favorite! But here are two right now favorites: I love making coil vases spontaneously and without a plan, and this really tall one turned out lovely, I think.
I’ve also just come up with a new cup design that I like a lot – I even allowed myself to keep one, which I hardly ever do.