We had the good fortune of connecting with Florisela Baca and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Florisela, why did you pursue a creative career?
I am a Registered Nurse by training, with that said I also have a passion for ceramics. My interest in Clay began in High School. I had the most amazing teacher named Leslie Jensen, she is actually retired now and teaching at a community center. She introduced me to clay, encouraged me and guided me. After high school I was at a cross roads, do I pursue Art? or Nursing. My practical mind took over and I choose Nursing. My passion for ceramics and clay never went away. I nurtured it, i tool classes at community college and community centers. Ceramics like anything in life takes practice. Eventually I ended up in OR, my husband and I purchased a home and I was at a place that I had space to start my own studio. Fast forward a few years. I decided to start my Esty shop and about 1 year later an Instagram account. It has been about 1 year since starting the IG account and I have learned lots and continue to learn and develop my own voice and style.
I pour soo much energy and love into each piece I create. I like to say my pieces are a time stamp of love and care. Why did I decided to pursue my passion, because it has been my passion for many years and I wanted to share my art with others.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My Ceramic Art comes from my heart. I pour intention and love to each piece. I like to paint on my pottery pieces. My original designs are inspired by nature. My latest
work has an essence of romance and simplicity, I am currently working with porcelain and red clay stoneware.

I’m just starting out as a professional artist. It was challenging to push myself and start, as an artist it can be intimidating to
put your work out there.

There can be fear of judgement, rejections, etc. I am learning to believe in my art and workmanship.
I think there will always be challenges and the key is to learn how to overcome them and my hope is as new challenges arise
I will be more resilient and navigate through these bumps with much more ease.

Again I would like to world to know that my pieces are created with love and intention and every piece evokes awe in me and I hope it resonates with others as well.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I now live in a small town called Cornelius, OR. I used to live in Portland, OR. and Oh boy there are many spots I love to visit.

This is where I would take you if you were visiting during the summer, prior to covid.

First, in the morning I would take you to Coava Coffee Roasters on SE Grand Ave. they have to most delicious coffee, I would order a latte with and have a rhubarb muffin to accompany it.
we would stroll my old neighboorhood, it is the industrial area. there are many shops including Cargo Co.

We would stroll into Cargo inc and our eyes would be darting in every direction. Soo many bright colors soo much to see. Cargo carries lots of unique gifts from small merchants and local artists. We would walk in to the the front counter area after our eyes settled from all the initial rush of colors. The front counter has glass displays of mostly jewelry, I would look to see what interests me and find the prefect hand made Frida earrings. These earrings are made from brass and sculpted to look like hands. If you are a fan of Frida Kahlo, you would know that Picasso gifted Friday hand earrings when she was in Paris.

After some fun shopping. we would have lunch at Por que No? on Hawthorne St. Again you would walk in and be in absolute amazement at all the wall hangings, art, frames on the walls. We would order Brian’s Bowl with a watermelon Margarita. It’s hot out so its perfect to help refuel and cool off.

After lunch we would head to the Waterfront down town, The Waterfront Blues Festival is going on and as we approach the Hawthorne bridge we can hear music and people enjoying themselves. We decided to walk from the restaurant to the the bridge, it was quite a trek but we walked into shops as we walked about 30 blocks and admired the artchirtecture of homes and buildings.

We walk across the bridge and can feel the cool breeze coming up to greet us from the cool Willamette river. we look to the right and see some sunbathers on the dock. we reach the other end of the bridge and enter the festival.
Soo many artists we find a grassy area near the main stage, we sit and enjoy the live music.

It’s getting dark and decide to check out other bands, We come across a smaller stage but this one has a dance floor. The musicians are lively and are playing music that you can’t resist. you dont catch their name but they are from New Orleans, you know the the music is amazing. We dance for a few hours. It’s getting late and decided to call it a night. We are sweaty and as we walk to our car we feel a breeze, its perfect cooling our body down from all the heat from dancing. In that moment, you feel happy and content and ready to rest. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oregon Potters Association (IG account is oregonpotters)

Lesley Jensen (I misspelled her first name in the previous page) she is associated with Clayartsguild (this is the IG account)

Website: www.etsy.com/shop/FloriselasCeramics

Instagram: Floriselas_Ceramics

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