Nancy and Andy operate a 2-person small batch production pottery studio in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor of Chicago.
How was your business conceived?
We had a lot of discussions about jumping into it. I (Nancy) quit my job at Paper Source’s warehouse first, then after a couple of months Andy quit being an electrical contractor. So not a lot of hemming & hawing! We’d already had one (successful) small local church craft fair under our belt, so that pretty much sealed the deal.
What do you love most about your product?
We’re pretty dang proud of our ware, I have to say. The colors, the prints, the durability–it makes it easy for us to tell people that yes, we make things that can last—you know, as long as you don’t drop them of course!
What inspires you?
Our kid! For many of the prints, it’s our kid. The rest is a mélange of online market research, requests from customers, and whatever perceived needs we feel need to be filled—yeah, like, who doesn’t WANT a happy tater tot on a spoon rest?
I (Nancy) am from here, spent my youth in Pilsen and La Villita, then moved north a bit—and I plan on dying here, lol! Andy is from WI, and he really enjoys the people, the places, and all of the things. And really, there’s a great heartiness to this Midwestern city that we love.
What do you wish people asked you about your product?
Honestly, use and care. I know we should print something out that states it can indeed go in the dishwasher no problem, but most people just assume because it’s handmade, it’s going to lose its gloss, or color, or that even the print will come off. It won’t people, because we’re professionals.
Where can we find more info on your business?
Instagram! Love Instagram. Visuals help us show people curious about our work peeks at process and things like new places that have our work, or restocks at favorite places. Easier to digest I guess you can say? And you can always count on folks tagging you for in-action shots of your ware that you can share!
Check out Circa Ceramics on Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, and their website.