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Kim Westad, a ceramic designer based in Sarasota, Florida designs and produces a unique line of porcelain vessels. Her pieces seamlessly infuse the clean lines of modern design with style as well as function.

Kim has been designing and producing work professionally since 2004 and has been featured in several national design publications. One of her signature designs- the Whirl Serving Dish - has also been included in 500 Plates & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function & Style, curated by Linda Arbuckle and published by Lark books.

Kim’s work has been shown in galleries and boutiques throughout the United States and her pieces are part of private collections in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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  • Born on November 12
  • Joined September 13, 2006

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About

Kim Westad, a ceramic designer based in Sarasota, Florida designs and produces a unique line of porcelain vessels. Her pieces seamlessly infuse the clean lines of modern design with style as well as function.

Kim has been designing and producing work professionally since 2004 and has been featured in several national design publications. One of her signature designs- the Whirl Serving Dish - has also been included in 500 Plates & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function & Style, curated by Linda Arbuckle and published by Lark books.

Kim’s work has been shown in galleries and boutiques throughout the United States and her pieces are part of private collections in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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I graduated with a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at The University of Connecticut, and from there began a career in graphic design. Within a few years of working in the field, I realized that my need to create could not be fulfilled by my chosen profession. A friend suggested that I take a pottery class and after a little convincing, I agreed.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that working with clay was what had been missing from my creative life. I would dream about throwing and not long after beginning that class, I left the graphic design world in order to devote all of my time and attention to ceramics. Initially, that meant washing the studio floor at a community studio in exchange for extra practice time. In 2002, I moved to New York where I worked with and was mentored by several well-established potters and ceramic artists and in May 2004, I set up my first studio in Brooklyn.

A well-balanced visually interesting form has always been the most important aspect of my work and is the starting point for each piece that I make. Nature, as well as modern industrial design and architecture, serve as my main inspirations. Through a variety of techniques including form altercation, surface enhancements and glazing, I strive to create vessels that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also a joy to use. I love the physical act of making pots, the way the porcelain feels in my hands and the rhythmic and meditative process of throwing on the wheel. I strive to make that experience evident in the finished piece. My goal is to design and produce unique, heirloom-quality pieces that will people will love to use and have in their homes.

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I am also a collector and lover of vintage and sell some of my finds in my other shop, Farmor's House. Please feel free to visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/farmorshouse?ref=si_shop

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