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Interview with Sarah Hussaini of Not Work Related

How did you get started in ceramics?

I started with hand building when I was in high school. I didn't appreciate it at the time - but 10 years later, the familiarity of it filled a growing void in my life. As someone who went to college and then got my masters in architecture, it felt very natural to produce my own work. I started working in an office and the restlessness hit me. For the first time, I wasn't producing work for myself anymore. That vacuum of self expression is what brought me back to ceramics.

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Why 'Not Work Related'? What was the inspiration?

When I formally started the brand I was working at one of the largest global architectural practices in the city. It was a collection of everything I hated about the corporate office: stiff, uptight, cold, vicious hours. Needless to say - working there was killing me slowly. 'Not Work Related' was purposely steered in the opposite direction. I wanted the pieces to have character, to be fun and whimsical, to be things that bring personality back into our overly serious lives.

What gets you excited about your work?

Experimentation! Always, the most exciting thing for me is receiving something new from a firing.

After that, I really appreciate looking back on my work after a few months of minor adjustments and seeing how far a piece has come, how much it has improved. Growth is very exciting.

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What do you want people to know about this collection?

This collection represents a variety of my work. It contains some of my more popular pieces, informal, bright and very geometric. But I wanted to have a range so I've included a couple pieces that I don't make very often.

For my work in general - I just want it to be used, to be woven into the habits and patterns of daily life. I believe that just because a piece is meant for daily use, doesn't mean it can't have a voice or some playfulness.

Not Work Related Ceramics Collection

When you're not working on ceramics, what else do you enjoy?

I love bread! I'm vegetarian, which has really just meant that I eat a lot of bread. As much as I hate cooking, the precision of baking appeals to the meticulous, detail oriented person inside me. The carb life chose me.

Anything else you'd like people to know about you?

I love dogs, but I'm too scared of commitment and a hairy couch to get one!

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