meet chris of chris long ceramics
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Hello! I'm Chris and I make pottery and play the drums.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
The same way anyone gets into anything I suppose. Tried a thing and liked it so much that I kept doing it til it took my life over. But I found Ceramics in a high school class.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
I'm quite proud of my mugs. I've spent a lot of time over the 10+ years I've been working with clay focusing on what makes a mug feel how it's supposed to. Lots of little things that I've learned thru years of trial and error. I'd say that's the strongest thing my work has going for it, just being very natural feeling and comfortable to use. That being said, however, I'd be a fool to believe that my work is in any way the best. I know people who've been making pottery for 20, 30, 40 years. My work has come a really long way since I've started, and even a really long way since just this time last year, but the learning never stops and there are always ways to improve.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE
I work in a studio that I built in my backyard. It's a pretty small space, (about 10' by 10') but it's all that I need. It feels really amazing to work inside of a space that I built with my own two hands. It has a really tall ceiling and big ol windows, so it feels a lot bigger than it looks from the outside.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
I set up pretty regularly at the HOPE Farmers Market on Sundays and the Barton Creek Farmers Market on Saturdays. Aside from that, I'll do various pop-ups and art markets whenever they happen. I don't like to sell my work online, but I'll do a few Etsy sales throughout the year for people who live outside of Austin.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
The Dallas Metroplex
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
Writing new music with my band "Hikes"!
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Probably that loud whistle thing that people do at baseball games. I've tried to learn so many times and it just makes no sense to me. That or like juggling or something.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Coffee all the way. I love Chinese tea in social settings, but I drink coffee every day.
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Neither really. My preferred studio schedule is from about noon to 8. Although usually, it ends up being something more like noon to midnight. I can play the night owl game a lot easier than I can play the early bird game though.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
Hip-hop/ rap, podcasts, metal, and emo music, probably in that order.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I've gotten to travel all over the world making music (touring / recording) and learning pottery (artist in residency programs/ studying abroad)
- I used to skateboard a lot before I got into music. I was real good at it too, but it was tearing my body apart.
- most of my tattoos were given to me by my friends, and most of them are matching to a corresponding tattoo that I would've given them
- if I'm drunk and in the proper context I can spit a halfway decent freestyle
- I speak in a British accent when I'm alone in the studio. Dunno why, but I think it makes talking to myself less weird if it's not in my voice haha