Welcome to the first episode of brave space in 2019! Meet Heather Kegel - an artist, potter, and the woman behind Heather Kegel Studios. I first met Heather on a group hike with Boulder Hiker Chicks. We quite literally climbed a mountain together before learning about our mutual love for handmade goods! Since then, we've continued hiking and "talking shop," and I'm so happy to bring you Heather's journey of finding her voice as a potter.
Heather carving a cactus and succulent cup, photo by Olivia Emmer
We talk Instagram and how Heather balances sharing her business life and her personal life. Branding is huge for Heather, and she tells me about how she curates her social media. Heather went to art school and has studied a variety of different artistic mediums, so I ask her about when pottery came into her life. Heather shares a story of how learning to center on the wheel changed her life in ceramics, and breaks down what centering is and how challenging of a skill it is to learn.
One of Heather's mugs, out on a hike (top) Mountain wine cups (bottom), photos by Heather Kegel
Heather defiantly labels herself as an artist, and she shares the story behind why. She tells me how nature found its way into her work in recent years as she found her way back to nature.
Hollow bulb ornament with gold accents, photo by Heather Kegel