Bright Light Feature Artist: Pineapple Studios

Pineapple Studios is not only the sweetest name in ceramics, but designer Jess Reedy is a dreamboat herself! Get up close and personal with the artist and learn a little about her process, staying grounded, how we’re all made of moondust, and what the North Carolina coast can teach us about our feelings.

EOU: HELLOOOOooooo Jess! We’re thrilled about featuring Pineapple Studios for September! Let’s start with a little bit about your background, and how you arrived where you are today??

Well, I fell in love with pottery while attending East Carolina University. I think that was the moment that things started coming together for me; up until then I just always remember feeling a bit lost. I had already been practicing and teaching yoga for awhile, but it had never occurred to me to make a career out of that. It was the introduction of pottery that helped me have a clearer direction, and birthed the idea to open the studio.

As for Wilmington.. I’d say grief led me here. Or maybe fate. Either way, I think being here has helped me step into myself and find purpose.

EOU: How does having your studio in a yoga/ wellness environment affect your products? 

It helps keep me grounded. And it helps keep me disciplined. I can sometimes struggle with being too strict or hard on myself. And at other times, I can be too idea-driven and aerial. Being in a space that sees the value in both sides of that spectrum has taught me to have more grace for myself and my creative process.

EOU: What’s a typical day in the life of a piece? 

It really depends on where I am in the process. On a throwing day, a piece is only in my hands for a few minutes before being put on the shelf so it can dry. But in the days after that it gets more focused attention as handles are added, edges are smoothed, and illustrations and designs make their way to the piece. It’s important to me that I use my hands on a piece more often than I use tools. It helps me feel more present in the creating.. and in the piece itself. I know this can slow me down sometimes.. it takes me about 3 weeks to fully complete a batch of mugs/cups/bowls. I like the lengthy process though; it feels personal.

EOU: Soundtrack in the studio? Any albums you’ve been listening to on repeat that we should put on our playlist!? 

Banks. Anything by Banks.  

EOU: What's your favorite thing about September? 

The focus. I always seem to recommit to myself this time of year.

EOU: What other brands inspire you? Fashion icons? Designers, artists? 

Ruthie Lindsey...both for her design work and for who she is as a person. Sibella Court for her uses of color and textures. And Rupi Kaur for her vulnerability.

EOU: What about living in Wilmington/near the coast informs your aesthetic? What about NC? 

My biggest inspiration is the grieving process. And I think the way grief fluxes has led me to a strong attachment and appreciation for the ocean. The combination of strength and grace has always been fascinating to me and being close to the coast helps keep me connected to my source of inspiration.

EOU: What are you thinking of teaching for your workshop and why? 

We’ll be playing with the constellations and linear patterns in my workshop. I’m so excited to bring an astral theme to the workshop because it’s a great reminder that we are all connected… we’re all saltwater and moondust.

EOU: What are your favorite pieces from your latest collection? 

I’m loving my recent incorporation of the moon in my work. It’s been a nice extension to my ocean theme. (And so much fun to research.. horoscopes, anyone!?!) The connection of grief to saltwater, saltwater to tides, tides to moon has felt like a really empowering expansion for my work. It feels limitless and oh so very feminine.

EOU: What’s your biggest challenge today?

I think it’s hard to produce as much as I’d ideally like to while also managing the studio. Wearing multiple hats can sometimes make it hard to spend enough time with the artwork side of things. Connection is important to me, and I don’t ever want to feel disconnected from my process. If I don’t have enough time to move intentionally while creating, or feel like I’m juggling to much, then I worry that connection isn’t coming through with the right impact. It’s probably mostly in my head.. but still.

EOU: Do you think you can judge someone based on what they like, or what they ARE like? 

No, because we’re always changing and evolving. We’re human and we go through phases (ahem, moondust.) We grow, we change, and we grow again.

BUT I do think it’s perfectly ok to decide you don’t want to spend time with someone based on what they like or what they are like. We all need our boundaries from time to time.

Shop the Pineapple Studios collection here, or come see it in person at the trunk show right here at Edge of Urge Raleigh on September 10th