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.