Not to get too Zen and the Art of Pottery-Making, but Kim Gilmour really does go to a reflective place while making ceramics—a mindset that helped her realize her hand-building hobby could potentially pay the bills. Introduced to the medium by her mom while growing up in the wild woods of New Hampshire, Kim reconnected with the craft as an adult—which is when she had a major aha moment. “One day I was making pinch bowls and realized manipulating the clay was basically meditation to me,” she explains. Eager to keep those good vibes flowing, she cast a line into the world of Etsy and hooked a fast following with her wavy-edged, watercolor-washed bowls, platters, and mugs under the name Fisheye Brooklyn in 2011.
But for all her inner reflection, Kim doesn’t totally go it alone. She’s a member of a communal studio of forty clay artists, who deliver all kinds of support. For instance: Her ceramics squad helped her get over her early fears about making her side hustle her 24/7 gig. “I worried that going full-time would make pottery feel like work,” she says. But, seeing the artists around her each put their own spin on things, she’s able to see the power (and joy!) of her own POV. “There are really only so many shapes you can make in pottery,” Kim says. “It’s all about how you make it your own.” —jane gauger