Mea Rhee | Episode 119
Mea Rhee is a working potter based in Maryland. Her work is modern and rustic, with Asian sensibilities. She launched Good Elephant Pottery as a part-time business in 2002, and grew it into a full-time business by 2010.
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I get asked that a lot and the answer is : I don’t know. I never have that problem of feeling uninspired. I feel inspired all the time. I have not reached the bottom of that well yet. After all these years I haven’t had the need to look for inspiration yet.
Yes and No. My deeper meaning is not about the pots. My deeper meaning is that I want to live an independent lifestyle where I can be my own boss and make things on my own terms. I think that comes through in my pots.
That is easy to answer, because it was so hard. I enjoyed the field of design and it was challenging a lot of times but it is also a field where you can reach the top when you are about 30 years old and I needed something that was a little harder.
Hard is just the skill level. Wheel throwing in particular is what I was attracted to. Hard in the fact that there is so much subtle appreciation. There are motor skills you need to develop before you can really control what you are doing.
My heritage is Korean, so I get a lot of inspiration from the 12th century Korean pottery, that are really old, celadon, wood-fired pots.