Hi! I’m Courtney, and I am originally from Reno, NV. I went to school in northern California, and then lived in SF for a few years before moving to NY. I went to undergrad for sports med, and realized after spending time working with athletes, that I was much more interested in the products they were using. I took a leap, and moved to NY to go to grad school at Pratt for Industrial design. I worked in handbag design for a few years, and missed working with my hands, and one of my coworkers got me into pottery, and I fell in love, and have been pursuing it ever since!
Where do you live and work now, and how does this environment influence your creative process? Where/ when do you find yourself creating your best work?
I live and work in Brooklyn. I have two small children, and my husband, and we live in a small apt in Brooklyn Heights. I love our neighborhood, but I find it hard to be creative in a small and busy space. I usually am most creative early in the morning. I like to get into the studio by 7, and work for a few hours before anyone else comes in- I need space to try new things and let my creativity flow.
Can you elaborate on your particular creative process, what’s your favorite part? What is your workspace like? What materials do you prefer to use?
I love to sketch, and I love finding inspiration. I love living in NY and being able to go to a museum, gallery, or for a walk when I am working through something new or just need to get out of the studio and away from the wheel.
Explain the story behind the name: how and why you chose it.
Cour is the first four letters of my name, but it is also a homophone for ‘core’, and also means heart in french. I want to create products that are basic enough to use everyday, and become a central part of the user’s daily routine.
What has been your greatest struggle/obstacle so far?
I would say my biggest struggle/obstacle at the moment is figuring out my production schedule. Especially working in clay, a lot of the process is out of my hands- things take time to dry and fire, and things can happen to your pieces that are out of your control.
Browse Cour. Studio Ceramics Here.