One day, a girl named Talia tripped over a floor board and broke a set of 12 plates all at once. From that moment on she set out to create a new set by hand. Living on an old historic horse farm in Northern VA, she gathered clay from the rich soil of the fields and built her own in-ground kiln. It was a noble idea that ended with a lot of broken shards of blackened earth. Determined, she repeated the process not once, not twice, but six times. Each attempt trying something a little different. 

The craft that seemed impossible to master she would not settle until she had mastered. 


About


talia olmstead, the ceramist

PART 1:

talia olmstead, FOUNDER, DESIGNER, CERAMACIST

Part 1:

brought as beauty into the everyday

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Inspired by surroundings

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Ideas sourced from the audience

the INSPIRATION:

Towards the end of summer, a couple of family members purchased a small tabletop potter's wheel for Talia and she spent the following months creating flop after flop. The few pieces that were actually somewhat structural she would drive to a kiln rental to be fired (unaware at the time that a kiln firing is generally a two day process that happens two separate times per piece).

All that to say, she learned a lot the hard way. 

Requests started rolling in for custom orders and in a desperate desire to fund her new found journey, she would accept every single one.

In February of 2017, Talia was spinning her wheels and not making the jump that was needed for her business + further requirement for knowledge. The customer support was there, but the ability to fulfill demand was lacking. A Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a larger wheel was put together - far exceeding expectations, the full amount was raised within less than 24 hours! In the end, enough was brought in to fully deck out her very own studio. 

The rest is history! Founding White Hearth has been quite the journey but the amount of refinement and re-centering that it has gone through has made it entirely worthwhile in order to reach what it is today. No time is ever wasted time.

PART 2:

β€œTHE GREAT THING ABOUT THE ARTS IS THAT YOU CAN ONLY LEARN TO DO IT BY DOING IT.”

- DAVID MCCULLOUGH

Towards the end of summer, a couple of family members purchased a small table-top potter's wheel for Talia and she spent the following months creating flop after flop. The few pieces that were somewhat structural she would drive to a kiln rental to be fired (unaware at the time, a kiln firing is generally a two day process that happens two separate times per piece).

All that to say, she learned a lot the hard way. 

Requests started rolling in for custom orders, and in a desperate desire to fund her new found journey, she would accept every single one of them. 

February of 2017, Talia was spinning her wheels and not making the jump that was needed for her business + further requirement for knowledge. The customer support was there, but the ability to fulfill demand was lacking. A Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a larger wheel was put together - far exceeding expectations, the full amount was raised within less than 24 hours! In the end, enough was brought in to fully deck out her very own studio. 

The rest is history! Founding White Hearth has been quite the journey but the amount of refinement and re-centering that it has gone through has made it entirely worthwhile in order to reach what it is today. No time is ever wasted time.

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