Artisan Artifacts

Fort Collins, CO

Each piece by Artisan Artifacts is made by hand using traditional throwing techniques. It is a continuum of a great pottery tradition and dedicated to the preservation of traditional craft. Informed by nature and inspired by function, Ariana aspires to create pieces that are practical and utilitarian, whilst serving as objects of beauty.

Low Bowl

A Q&A with Ariana Richie of Artisan Artifacts

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the Bay Area and went to college in NYC. I came out to Colorado for a climbing/backpacking trip and moved here 4 months later. Let's just say I was sick of living in concrete jungles.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?

I honestly can't remember ever not wanting to pursue a creative path, but when I was in my early twenties the priority was to get a stable career going. I ended up going to school for textile design and fashion design. It wasn't until I had 8+ years of design experience under my belt working for various companies that I decided it was time to nurture my own creative needs. Ceramics started as an outlet and a hobby and slowly developed into what is now my primary day job.

Are you self taught? Did you learn from a mentor?

I took a few classes, watched a lot of pottery videos on Youtube, practiced a ton, and had a 3 month-long internship with a potter.

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?

Yes. It is an extremely simple bowl that is just the right shape and size.

It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?

Getting outside with my dog for a hike in the mountains, floating down the Cache La Poudre, and probably unloading or loading the kiln.

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