There’s nothing we enjoy more than hearing that the clothes we make are being worn and loved by people pursuing their passions.
Recently, we caught up with ceramicist Ivy Weinglass in her Brooklyn studio to talk about post-breakup inspiration, morning coffee routines, living life in Lykke Wullf, and taking on new challenges with reckless abandon.
After that six weeks I got myself a space in the studio and began to work! I had an idea of a piece that I had wanted to make forever: an open palm, like all those beautiful milk glass ones you find when thrifting! I made that, started to sell it at a friend’s store, and it kind of just took off from there. It has been a crazy amount of work, money, odd jobs, second jobs, sanity and passion to get to where I am today with my work.
I also walk to work every single morning. I'm so lucky to be within walking distance of my studio, and that time is so special to me to just get some fresh air and get focused. I sometimes go to the park right next to my studio which is right on the east river. It has a dock that you can walk out on and I get to look at the most epic New York City skyline (and actually see the building I grew up in — Waterside Plaza represent!)
I couldn’t even recreate a piece if I tried. I don’t think most people know how much work goes into one piece. I mean I hope they do, but it’s not just physical work but also emotional. Putting something out into the world that you have thought about and toiled over and created with your own mind and hands and opening it up to criticism and different peoples tastes is incredibly emotional — even more so if you get a positive reaction! I get emotional when people love my work, when they’re inspired by it, when they can’t wait to own a piece of it. It means so, so much to me and shows me that all my hard work and tears and anxieties and stress is worth it.
I've noticed I just feel better about my self if I put some effort into my clothes rather than just wear whatever can get messy and dirty in the studio. It’s so easy when you work by yourself to just wear leggings and an old sweatshirt. It feels amazing to have an outfit that will look even better WITH clay all over it, but still cute enough I can meet my friends or boyfriend after work for dinner in. That is super important to me these days.
Ooooohhhh. Well, my favorite look in the whole world is a well-fitting but still WILDLY comfortable two piece sweatsuit — a crewneck sweatshirt, perfect sweatpants with elastic at the bottom. Something you can lounge in at home but not feel schlubby in, but also if you had to run to the store, you would look cool as fuck. So yeah, a sweatsuit!
Ivy’s Lykke Wullf Picks
(If I were a cartoon character, this is what I would choose to wear every day)