Under the Influence: Jessie Lazar

One of our favorite local artists is Jessie Lazar. She is master at her craft and constantly leaving us in awe of her newest works. While balancing life between Brooklyn and the Catskills, raising a little one, and opening a shop in Eldred, NY, she still manages to reach for the stars with what creative endeavor she can work on in the studio next. She is always up for a challenge. Lazar's work spans from elegant ceramic bathroom sets, to whimsical dining platters, and fun, one-of-a-kind lady candlestick holders, her imagination is simply incredible. We finding ourselves asking, "what magic will she create next?"

1. What is your favorite part of the creative process?

I spend a lot of time sketching and playing in clay before new pieces come to life. I love that stage. It's free and exploratory and exists without consideration of selling or timelines or colors of glazes. 

Those earliest stages of sitting with my drawings and playing in the mud. That total permission and immersion into the creative process; making 2D into 3D, messing up and starting over without consequence, the freedom to find a success that is nothing at all like what I was seeking. That is the fire-in-my-belly part of my creative process.

2. What is your favorite creation that you have brought to existence?

Nothing holds a candle to creating my feisty, wise, loving, zany 5 year old.

A favorite project is working on Teapots! 4 pieces : body, spout, lid, handle. All need to be made and dried precisely right or they crack and separate. 

Difficult to prevent a dribble, harder to make streamlined and modern, especially from clay. LOVE the challenge! Loved how this collection turned out.

 

3. What aesthetic are you most drawn to?

I am most drawn to clean lines, modern forms. Mid century modernist furniture, danish teak, Japanese minimalism. I want nothing fussy. Ergonomic efficiency. Color blocks. Warm but simple. 

 

4. What is your favorite room in the home?

Well, like every home our core is our kitchen. I love to fill it with beautiful things; 70's enamelware and pottery, carved wooden spoons and delicious food. It's where I gather with friends and nourish my family. It's the table where my laptop ends up with a morning coffee and the place I bring my own ceramic work into our life.

5. What is your favorite design from Sunny’s Pop?

What an honor to have my work in this wonderful shop, run by powerful women, in the company of so much beauty.

I am a sucker for textiles. A glutton for sheets, soft scarves, towels and napkins... When Sunny's Pop first opened in Narrowsburg, I treated myself to a pair of beautiful Japanese indigo woven tea towels from Sunny's Pop. Soft and thick and impeccable.

They were quite long so I doubled them over, sewed a seam, added a zipper and made them into the MOST wonderful throw pillows for our couch!

I LOVE them and get compliments on them all the time!

 

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