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Meet Natalie Legg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Legg.

Natalie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I took ceramics back in college, naturally fell in love with its tactile-ness. When living in Chicago, I only was able to take a few ceramic classes over a span of eight years. Once moving to CO, I decided to dedicate almost all of my free time to throw on the wheel. After a few years of ceramic classes, I finally bought my own wheel to throw at home. Shortly after that, I was able to get a kiln and now I have a ceramic studio in my own basement.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been too difficult. After looking back at some of the pieces I made back just a few years ago, I’ve realized just how far I’ve come and how much time it’s taken to really craft a beautiful piece. I’ve definitely had issues with kilns, my first one being an old relic from the ’60s. It eventually ruined too many pieces that I knew I had to invest in a more updated kiln. I once lost a batch of 45 mugs due to the kiln overheating.

What else should we know about your  story and ceramics work?
I’m not sure that my story would differ to many other makers out there. Ceramics is actually my side job if you can call it a job. It’s more of a hobby that pays for itself, I usually just break even. I’m a full-time graphic designer currently and ceramics is my outlet away from the computer. Sitting in front of a monitor all day can really deplete my sense of an artistic outlet. But when it comes to ceramics, I am finally able to make all decisions and minuet details. No one is there to tell me what they want or change this or that, unlike my graphic design career.

I’ve been specifically making mugs now for around four years. I’m not exactly sure why I gravitated towards mugs. I may have thought that they were the most difficult challenge. Once I began making more, I couldn’t stop. I want to perfect my “mug-skills” before moving onto another particular form. I’m proud that I’ve kept up with ceramics over the years and pushed myself to larger wholesale orders. I was told by others that I shouldn’t take on such large orders or that it wasn’t possible for me to make it as a ceramist. I feel that I have proved them wrong and that feels pretty good.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m not sure I had much luck at all. I don’t believe luck (good or bad) had anything to do with how or why I got into ceramics.

Pricing:

  • Mugs are typically sold between $28-$38 (per mug) depending on type of glaze used

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1 Comment

  1. Terry Miller

    May 28, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Way to go Natalie!!! I just LOVE her work and style!

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