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24 May 2018 - by Brendan Smith

Kelley Burnett is a ceramicist whose ease and warmth are instantly translated through the simplicity of her home and pottery. Her functional creations seamlessly blend into her shady, plant filled home. Shared with her writer husband Dylan and their pup Otto, their space is ideal amidst such a sprawling city, providing immediate relief from the high energy of Los Angeles’ east side. Over coffee on a warm Sunday, the couple show us their home and Kelley sheds some light on the LA creative landscape.

Their space is ideal amidst such a sprawling city, providing immediate relief from the high energy of Los Angeles’ east side.

Your home is very much of the city while feeling tucked away. Can you tell us how you found such an ideal space?

Our home is a little upper unit on a hillside in Echo Park, right off of one of LA’s steepest streets. It’s been passed from friend to friend, I think, since the owners started renting it. Everyone that has lived here has had some connection to the next. My partner, Dylan, and I feel very lucky to look out our windows and be surrounded by so much greenery, and to start and end our days here.

Your creations feel refined yet approachable. What inspires you most?

Genuine simplicity. My goal is always to use the movement of the wheel and the material to create a single, simple true form without overworking it or fussing it up, or bringing to much of myself into it. Pottery is wonderful because it is vast; everyone can find their point of interest within it. I’ve come to realize more than colour or surface decoration, I am interested in form.

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