Ceramicist Julie Cloutier has long-been showing us how to live life as it's meant to be lived; among the wildflowers, with passion in hand, steady but not slow - and intentional, always intentional. We enjoyed the chance to chat with her about her routines within work and play.
Our shop muse, Georgia O’Keeffe epitomized our ethos of self-care for strength and creativity - how important is self-care for supporting your creativity?
Allowing myself time to explore, fail, and play is my medicine. Creativity is my self-care. Without it, I get run down with the day to day small-scale production. For the past few months, I take one day a week to just paint all day. It feels like a luxury, but it’s also when I feel my most free and honest. My head is clear when all I have to do is decide what color to mix next.
"Everything is pared down to necessity, and then there’s a little room for play."
You recently moved from San Francisco to the rural landscape of Tomales - how has this impacted your daily rituals - what are your new rituals?
Now that we’re in the tiny town of Tomales, CA, I spend more time looking closely at the details in my everyday life and surroundings. I actually go outside every single day and see how the grass is doing and what new flower buds are coming along. Noticing small seasonal changes is something I’ve become more acutely aware of.
Going from a small 1-bedroom apartment to a large 4-bedroom farmhouse definitely altered our routine. There are many rooms so I like to use the space differently depending on the time of year. We haven’t bought/found any new furniture so our home is quite sparse. We only have two cozy chairs, so we just move them around from room to room, depending on where we want to be.
Your ceramics speak to the importance of multi-functionality - how do you incorporate intentional living into your life, apart from your work?
A cup is so much more than a drinking vessel, and I’m inspired by alternative uses. I’m a minimalist, so the more functions an item can hold the better. And that’s how I feel about my space, my furniture, my clothes, and my routine. Everything is pared down to necessity, and then there’s a little room for play.
What women inspire strength, creativity, and/or intentional living to you and why?
My two closest friends Alexis Joseph and Claire Nereim inspire me greatly. They have built their practice/careers/life organically, and over time what they create is honest and true to themselves. Through questions and hard work, their creativity has blossomed and I’m so grateful to have them as friends and role models.