Ann is the artist and designer behind Golem Designs: a small-batch, hand-thrown ceramics brand from Vancouver, BC. Her work has graced Giving Gifts' shelves since we opened!
What is the story behind the name of your brand, Ann?
In Hebrew, Golem means “primary" or “from the earth;” it's also a “cocoon” and the name of a Biblical clay monster. It has everything that characterizes my brand: transformation, beauty, rustic flair and a little bit of humour!
Where did your passion for your art come from?
I cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn't creating something; a pine cone and plasticine sculpture, a shelter under the table, or a giant poster for a family celebration.
How has your art shaped you as a person, and how you view the world?
Pottery is the ultimate art of letting go! Because of the fragility of the medium and the complexity of the process, you learn to be in the moment and free yourself of expectation. It's a constant reality check.
What do you love most about being a Giving Gifts Artist?
I've been an artist at Giving Gifts for so long that I consider them family! The store is constantly growing, evolving and becoming more and more beautiful. I love the personal approach, the feeling of community and of course—that I always know I'll find the perfect gift there.
How do you define success as an artist?
To me, freedom of creation is a true sign of success; when you can make a living while enjoying the process.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Don't get too caught up in perfectionism. The first time is never perfect, so embrace trial and error as your best friends and guides.
What do you want someone to feel when they receive or use a piece of your art?
Self-love and care! Although many buy my work as gifts, most of my clients purchase for themselves, and it's the ultimate joy to know that a piece is cherished or became a part of a daily ritual.
What is the most meaningful gift you've ever received?
My children—I couldn't imagine a better gift!
If you had one extra hour in your day, how would you spend it?
The same way I spend every day: creating beautiful things, connecting with people and caring for myself and loved ones.
What was your dream job while growing up?
I always knew I was going to become and artist or designer.
What mantra do you tell yourself when facing a challenge?
You are enough and you have what it takes.
What in your life are you most grateful for?
For life itself! What a wonderful experience it is to be alive!
Thank you, Ann! Browse Ann's unique pieces here.