Bridget Dorr

The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?

Bridget Dorr: Bridget Dorr, 27, Ceramicist

TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?

BD: I am most inspired by gatherings.  I love dinner parties, events, dates.  I especially love the way we interact with our food.  It's rare to gather young adults together without technology taking over.  Meal time and the use of functional ceramics is a palpable experience for me where I can break from the use of technology and connect with people I love.  Beautiful, functional, ceramics make the meal more enriching and sacred.  I hope to spend the rest of my life creating pieces that will complement the food we eat and the experiences we have at a dinner table.

TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?

BD: Absolutely.  I am constantly filling orders and I'm pretty bad at thinking ahead.  When I first started my online shop I was pretty in tune with trends and items I could easily create.  Now that i've had some success I'm itching to make my work more authentic and unique.  I recently went away to a 2 week long ceramic workshop in Aspen, CO which was a remarkable experience.  I was given the chance to work on new designs, learn from instructors, and really immerse myself in a ceramic lifestyle.  There were no distractions and I truly feel like I'm on the brink of some great work.  I've made some pieces I can't wait to fine tune and share in my shop.

TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?

BD: The mornings right now.  My apartment has great morning light and something about it makes the day feel endless.  At 7 am, on a summer morning, with a cup of tea just ask and I'd say I could do just about anything.  But more realistically, I'm most productive when I have a deadline.

TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?

BD: I would love to have my own small batch ceramic production company where I had the freedom to be self employed.   I would have the opportunity to work full time in a studio atmosphere and constantly be designing new pieces.

TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?

BD: I'm starting to design a custom dinner set for me to use, and nobody else.  I would like it to be completely custom to my quirks and my eating habits.  For example it could be a large salad plate paired with a big bowl for ice cream and a large wine goblet-- that's just the way I roll at dinner time.  This was an idea sparked by personalization and self care.  I love the experience of spending time alone and treating myself to something nice.  Ideally I would create this set and use it on a night I plan a date with myself (no husband allowed!).  Right now I'm mostly working towards making my work cohesive and represent my rustic, minimalist aesthetic.

TCU: What scares you?

BD: People who look at their phones when you're talking to them.

TCU: What does success mean to you?

BD: I think success is making positive changes in the world and inspiring other people.

 

If you want to learn more about Bridget or purchase a piece of her beautiful work, head over to www.bridgetdorr.com or follow along with her instagram @bridgetmakes.