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Olivia Tarricone

What clay body do you use?

"BMIX with grog"

Primary forming method?

" Wheel "

Primary firing temperature?

"Cone 5/6. "

Favorite surface treatment?

"Underglaze Dips"

Large Necklace

Matte Vase

Blue Green Family

Matte Vase

Favorite Tools?

"Ribs of all shapes and sizes "

Large Vase Black

Describe your studio environment.

"After years of working in my garage, I just set up my new home studio in a room at the front half of an historic grocery story that we renovated in the Heights"


Large Vase Black

Olivia & Lorenzo

Mini Pitchers

How/Where do you market and sell your artwork?

"I am not actively selling at this moment. I am currently working on a website update to sell the leftovers from the Clay Crawl online. "

Fan Necklace

Fan Necklace

What sparks your creativity? What drives you to work with clay?

"Function. I am the most creative when solving a problem of how to make something work better… whether it’s a better foot on a bowl, or an improvement to the process of making, I am constantly trying to make better, more functional forms."             

Puddle Planters

Mini Vases Blue Green

Did you come to ceramics from a different career? Tell us about your journey to a ceramics career.

      "Yes – I am a registered architect, and although I have not worked in a proper design role in 5 years, my brain is forever wired to figure out how all the pieces of a whole should come together and how it can be done in the most efficient and attractive manner. About 10 years ago, after completing my architectural registration exams, I finally found free time to begin taking pottery classes after work. This was when I lived in Philadelphia, and I fell so hard for ceramics that after just a year of classes, I bought a wheel so that I could keep throwing during the breaks between classes. Upon moving to Houston in 2017, I set up a small home studio in a guest room, which eventually expanded into a garage, and in 2020 I bought a kiln. In mid 2022 I took the step of leaving my salaried job. I would now consider my career to be Pottery/Parent/Hospitality, as I try to make pots, wrangle two toddlers, and work on getting my AirBnb up and running in part of our newly renovated historic house! "

      Large Vase Blue Green

      Cylinder Stacks

      How have you have taken your experience as a well-established maker in the field and passed that knowledge along to your other artists?

      " I have not really – yet – but I would like to do so! I consider myself to be an early-career ceramicist, and as I broaden my network of other artists (through ClayHouston!) I look forward to spreading the knowledge more and I also hope to figure out how to create future artists by introducing little kids to clay. "

        Stack Cups for a 2nd Cup

        Large Vase

        What’s the best advice you’ve been given by a fellow maker, mentor, or teacher?

          A teacher once told me: [paraphrasing] “You are not a machine. If your work starts to look like a machine could have made it, then why are you here at all?” And then they made me throw with the wheel spinning the opposite direction! I now purposely stay away from letting my exacting architectural side intrude on my clay work. "

          Large White Vase

          Mini Vases Black

          Website URL and other social media platforms:

          Instagram:  @octceramics


          Olivia Tarricone is an architect who sought out the pottery wheel as an escape from straight lines. She found a welcome retreat into the organic, rounded forms that emerge from a lump of clay. She fell in love with ceramic art because of the humility it demands and the connection that it creates to both the earth and the artist’s hands. She is fascinated by how forms can create their own decoration as they are dipped into liquid and reveal a shape through the intersection with the liquid plane, and she loves to use color to observe and record how liquid flows on the surface of clay.

          After living for many years in Philadelphia and working in a community studio, she moved to Houston in 2017 and transitioned into making work in her own space. She works out of her home studio in Houston Heights and makes functional ceramics meant for everyday life.


            PO Box 667401
            Houston, TX 77266

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