We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Staying authentic to myself is probably the most important factor behind REN. There were times and moments where I felt like I needed to adjust my style or tone down the personalization of my business because somehow it would mean I was inadequate. I want my small business to reflect the things I love and am inspired by. Imperfection and some wonky bits that are in everyday life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I personally hand build/pinch functional pieces for a unique look that sets apart from everyday mass produced items. Each piece of homewares or sculpture work has been largely inspired by the shapes of people, earth and my goofy kid. I strive to curate thoughtful pieces that hopefully spark joy and bring some funky uniqueness to homes.
I’ve learned that every artist was first an amateur. I’ve also learned that ceramics is not always shiny and relaxing. It can be a very challenging medium for someone like myself that lacks patience. It has humbled me and that patience threshold has grown. Learning that maybe the pieces that cracked/didn’t fire according to plan were just not ready, or maybe I was rushing. Learning from the failure and starting again.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would 100% hit up the local vendor markets, there is always such incredible artists and food. It’s a great outdoor activity that connects you with your community and supports local business.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My partner has been a massive support system for my business. Ry has encouraged me, pushed me out of my comfort zone and has happily made too many coffee runs at 1/2 am while I’m zombie eyed over a slab of fresh clay. My first born Emilia Ren is also a large source of inspiration for me, she is so carefree and everyday reminds me to stop, be a little weird and be in the moment. I’m fortunate to have such a stellar community, it’s truly the backbone of REN. Ceramics.