Round two of MEET THE MAKERS who are part of the Harvest Festival Artisan Colony at the Beekman Farm this coming weekend. This time we are getting to know Jasmine Crowe. You may not know her name but you certainly know, and possibly own, some of her pieces from Beekman 1802.
Where are you based out of?
I work from a studio in our home, which is in between Sharon Springs and Cherry Valley
What is the item(s) you make for Beekman 1802?
Drink set with tray
Mixing bowl in large or medium
Drink set with pitcher
White ruffle planter
Doily plates in white and black
Triple planter set with tray
Baby set with bowl, cup, and plate
Gold spice bowl with spoon
Ink pot bud vases with gold top
Set of three bowls with gold rim
Doily serving tray
Cream and sugar set
How did you get started?
I graduated from Hartwick College with dual focus in Ceramics and Glassblowing. I traveled for a bit with my husband, then boyfriend, and he decided he wanted to come back and work on his family farm. I took classes locally, then taught for a while in Cooperstown, and when we built our house in 2007 we built the basement studio with my business in mind. I didn’t see myself as a production potter at the time, but a friend started working with Beekman and asked me to design a couple things and it just took off from there. I now love production, and feel it was always what I was meant to do.
Is this your full-time focus?
This is my full time job. Pottery and Motherhood.
What is a usual day like for you?
A usual day is spent taking care of the kids, fitting in pottery during the day whenever I can (school, a babysitter in the mornings this summer). After the kids are in bed, I usually work another three-four hours and my husband hangs in the studio with me so we can spend time together. Both my children will be in school this year, so I’m hoping to do more work in the day and less at night.
How long is the process of making the product/piece?
The process usually takes about two weeks. I spend one week throwing (making) and then trimming (putting the foot and detail on). Then everything has to be bone dry before it can be bisque fired in the kiln. This is a low fire that leaves the pieces porous enough to hold onto the glaze and tough enough to handle without breaking. After the bisque, I glaze everything at a higher temperature which is usually the final step. If it has gold luster on it, that is a third firing at a much lower temperature.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I think I always wanted to be an artist, although for the longest time I wanted to be a painter or illustrator. I love to draw and spent most of my childhood drawing and painting.
If you weren’t doing what you currently are, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t a potter I would be a pastry chef. I love to bake, and spend a lot of my free time baking for my family. Making fancy desserts is kind of similar to making functional pottery in that the end product brings joy to the experience of dining. I really just love to have dinner parties.