From a young age, I have admired the life of an . When you watch them in the middle of their creative process, it's as though another force flows directly through them from a higher power and they are physically compelled to create. I always loved seeing my father perform on stage because you could see the physical change in him when it happened. It was, and is, incredibly awe-inspiring. So, of course, we jump at the chance to peek inside their studios. Who else has a Pinterest board dedicated to artist studios?
If this is you too, then you'll be obsessed with our new series that takes a look inside the studios of female artists we love. First up, Desanka Fasiska, a pottery designer, the founder of , and the mom to 18-month-old Rocky. The ceramicist's handmade pieces range from bowls and plates to napkin rings and vases. They're also insanely cool—just like her home studio. (And to think she was working in fashion for 13 years before this.)
So step inside and read Fasiska's inspiration behind the space and her line, and then prepare to pin.
The design of this space is intricately connected to the creativity and inspiration behind the work Fasiska produces. There are plenty of cabinets and built-in counters, cubbies, and places to store and hang things. "I was fortunate that the previous owner of my home had converted the garage into a workshop, so I didn't have to do much to make it into a space that I enjoy working in," she tells me. "However, of course, I dream of having a beautiful converted barn or greenhouse with big doors painted all white with skylights and ivy growing on the walls.
For now, I really enjoy my garage because it's in the home I love where I can hear my 18-month-old son playing in the yard."
The convenience of working from home is what is most important to Fasiska. "I get to be present for my son, run a business, and be creative at the same time," she says.
The studio had been painted gray and was "super dark" when she first moved in. "Having a lot of natural light and a bright space was the most important thing to me," says Fasiska. "So I painted it white and painted the plywood floors with a bright geometric pattern (no longer visible with all the dust)."
This cool home studio is based in the Hollywood Hills inside a hip A-frame home, which "endlessly inspires" her. "The handles on my mugs are angles inspired by my home," she says.
Before she kicked off her ceramics endeavor, Fasiska was a fashion designer for 13 years. "When I left the fashion biz, I was so burnt out," she recalls. "But now, the main inspiration for my ceramics is fashion. From the colors to the motifs I use—pyramid studs, locks and bits, stripes, and lips—they're all inspired by fashion."
Her fashion career also informs the color scheme of her studio and ceramics collection. "The colors I use are the colors I have always gravitated to and used throughout my career," she says. "They just work for me, and also, it was important to me that the line merchandise go well together so that my customers could mix and match the pieces in the dinnerware collection."
When it comes to her favorite thing about the space, Fasiska doesn't hesitate. "That it's in my home," she says. "I don't have to commute and I don't have to miss my son. But I also love the roll-up doors that bring in a load of light." Sounds like a dream.
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