My name is Rainy, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a deep passion for making and sharing beauty. As a kid I collected all the small, interesting, and beautiful things I could find. Anything from rocks from the beaches my family visited to beautiful books full of beautiful words.
I've been so fortunate to find myself in lines of work where I am able to transition from collecting to making. There is a new depth that comes with sharing my treasures with people who enjoy them just as much as myself. So I'm so glad that I can share my pottery, jewelry and design all with you.
A little bit about me:
I am an Arkansas native, with a background in education. I was an instructor for 2 years at Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, and have been the education coordinator at Airship Coffee 2018-2021. I opened Fifth Street Studio in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2018 with a heart to explore the art of ceramics and pass on the craft of making pottery. Fifth Street Studio offers classes, workshops, and studio space for novice and professional potters alike. My love really is sharing any knowledge I have and continuing to grow in my studies as well! I never want to stop learning, and I want my students to feel the same. My deep dive into ceramics was born out of the need to keep growing, and metal smithing quickly followed. I think I will always be trying new artistic endeavors, and I don't think I will ever tire of sharing my work and process.
All the buzz words:
I work very hard to make sure every item I make is of the highest quality and made sustainably with sustainable materials. I source vintage beads to limit the amount of new products I'm putting into the market, I use recycled sterling silver whenever possible, I also recycle my sterling and clay (both can be almost completely recycled with little to no waste). I use either vintage turquoise or turquoise sourced though trusted curators. My hope is to create heirloom items that will serve you for generations. In the end it's about the humans enjoying my art and not the work itself. I design and make with that in mind. I think art (especially functional art) should serve a purpose, bring people together and facilitate forming communities. Especially communities of makers and artists in collaboration.