Working as a ceramicist wasn’t Aimee McLaughlin’s first creative calling, but it was the one that stuck. Aimee originally studied textile design at the very peachy University of Georgia and moved to New York after graduation to pursue a career in fabrics and weaving. It was then that she started dabbling in clay, a medium that was just as hands-on, but a little bit messier...which turned out to be exactly what Aimee was looking for. “I was an assistant for a textile artist but left to start working as a studio tech for the ceramics shop where I took classes. I was there all the time and just always covered in mud,” she recalls.
In 2018, Aimee made the switch to pottery official. “The whole transition was really organic, and both disciplines compliment each other—it’s really hard for me to make a piece that doesn’t have some kind of pattern on it.” A peek at her line, Objet Aimée, which is flush with hand-painted fruit motifs, textured stripes, and harlequin designs, proves that out. A recent transplant to Portland, Maine, she spends any time she has away from the studio searching for the best coffee shops and practicing for the jazz band she’s in. Which is to say she keeps racking up the creative pursuits—and the applause..