THIS IS JUST ONE IN A SERIES OF VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS WHERE WE LET THOSE WHO WILL BE SHARING THEIR WARES SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT IT IS THEY DO! WE ASKED MARY FROM TINY CLOUD CERAMICS TO INDULGE US BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS.
HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY:
1). What's your name, where are you from and what is it that you make?
My name is Mary Clark and I was born and raised right here in Akron! I make brightly colored cute and snarky functional ceramic goodies with a main focus on mugs & cups right now, but I've got plans to expand to some new forms in the near future as well as do some surface experiments!
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I attended the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron from 2011-2016 and received my BFA in ceramics with help from many wonderful peers and professors! My original plan was to go to school for illustration, but fell in love with clay after taking an intro-level course and just ran with it.
3). What is your best seller?
It really all depends on the show, but I think the goofy dogs and cats usually tend to do a bit better than others. People see animals that remind them of their pets on my mugs and quickly fall in love with them. One of the few designs I've recreated a couple of times is a kitty cleaning its butt, because every cat does it and every cat owner seems to agree that its so very funny. I don't think I've ever had a show where I took one of those back home at the end.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I have only been vending as Tiny Cloud Ceramics for about a year now. I started up all of a sudden after I graduated with the help of my sister Mori Clark of Memento Cat Studios. She had already been doing shows for a while and really helped me get off to a running start. I did the Crafty Mart Holiday Shop once with a group of students from Myers, and last winter I did my first solo Crafty Mart. It was a great experience and I'm glad to be doing more!
5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
To be honest, I haven't listened to either a whole whole lot. I guess The Rolling Stones.