Brooke Winfrey’s road to becoming a potter sounds a lot like the vision we all have in our heads when we sign up for crafty class: “I took a beginner wheel class and really liked it—the next thing you know, I was that weird girl working shifts the pottery studio just to get more studio time in, and all my friends were ceramicists,” laughs the Oklahoma native. It was those pals who finally staged an intervention and convinced her to turn her hobby into a full-time gig—she took part in a small show, and, as she still sounds surprised to say, “people actually bought stuff!”
But even after she officially launched BTW Ceramics in 2011 (the acronym actually represents her initials—but even she’s not immune to playfully calling it “BTDubs”), Brooke still played it safe with her hand-built pinch pots, low-profile mugs, and morning-making coffee drippers in one respect: For years she only made monochromatic pieces, turning black-and-white etched line patterns into her signature style. “I always dress really colorfully, and one day in the studio I was like, why not give that a shot?” she says. “I learned pretty quickly it’s all or nothing for me, colorwise—either these insane splashes of color or the really simple patterns in a single color. Nothing in-between.”
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