While working as an art director at an L.A. motion-design studio, Kenesha Sneed began taking ceramics courses and became completely and utterly hooked. After a full workday, she’d head to her downtown studio and throw pots until 1 a.m., even squeezing time in during her lunch breaks whenever she could. “It was a total double life,” she says. “Half the time I was clay me, and half the time I was pixel me.”
After selling some of her speckled, Matisse-reminiscent plates, bowls, and mugs in 2012, Kenesha took the plunge and opened her own e-shop—but, really, in her mind it was still just a hobby. “I wanted something to express myself and see if people were interested in my work, but I definitely didn’t plan to start a business,” explains the self-described “art nerd” who spent childhood weekends making doll clothes with her mom. But when the California native started attracting some major Insta attention, she got exactly that—and none other than Solange as the prez of her fan club. Tactile Matter is now her day job...and her night job, too. But as she says, “It doesn’t matter—I’m doing what I love!” —leah bhabha
Photo by Emily Knecht
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Ready the brushes (or the clay or the pastels…).
That Chemex-free lyfe.