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Kelley Burnett is a ceramicist whose ease and warmth are instantly translated through the simplicity of her home and pottery. Her functional creations seamlessly blend into her shady, plant filled home. Shared with her writer husband Dylan and their pup Otto, their space is ideal amidst such a sprawling city, providing immediate relief from the high energy of Los Angeles’ east side. Over coffee on a warm Sunday, the couple show us their home and Kelley sheds some light on the LA creative landscape.





Their space is ideal amidst such a sprawling city, providing immediate relief from the high energy of Los Angeles’ east side.






What began your love and connection to pottery?

I’ve puzzled over this for a long time! I can’t remember what made me enroll in my first ceramics class in college, I guess aside from curiosity. I didn’t grow up in a creative or art-filled home at all, but I always wanted to draw or make things with my hands. We didn’t have a television, so I spent summers outside picking flowers and arranging them, or working in the garden. Maybe getting into pottery was the most tactile practice I could find.

More recently, I’ve realized the connection to pottery and the pieces I make certainly has been synonymous with my interest in plants and the natural world. I’ve always found myself with collections of small things, like pebbles, so making pottery was a way to create those myself.
I’ve also found that, especially when moving the last couple years, ceramic studios have been guides to the city I’m in; they are usually full of kind and helpful people, many of whom you may not have crossed paths with otherwise.

Beyond that, working with clay forces you not to take yourself too seriously, and certainly not to rush the process. It has ways of teaching and showing you to slow down and do it right. I was a terrible potter when I first learned. Something pushed me to stick with it, and after a few years of practice it began to feel like a part of my view of the world and existing.















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