INTERVIEW: Jami Clark
INTRODUCTION: Jami Clark
Hello! My name is Jami Clark, and I am an artist, wife, friend, and a firm believer that we were all created to create.
As the designer + owner of Earthen Vessel, I endeavor to craft functional jewelry that promotes visual beauty and simplicity in lifestyle. I currently live in Overland Park, Kansas with my husband, Logan, owner of The Pilgrim Creative, and our spirited border collie, Ophelia. Aside from creating with my hands, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, indulging my inner plant lady, and aspiring to be a minimalist. As far as adventure goes- traveling the world, estate sale shopping, and finding good coffee are at the top of my list.
Can you describe your home and your general aesthetic?
Overall, our home reflects mid century modern and scandinavian tones, with bohemian and primitive pieces here and there which add a certain eclectic feel. With white walls, hardwood floors, vintage leather furniture and a variety of earthy textiles- our home feels cozy, inviting, and intentional.
Neutrals are my canvas, and I love to play with natural textures in the smaller pieces, as well as occasional muted colors and patterns that can be changed easily and transitioned throughout the house.
Is your home design all thanks to you or is it a merging of you and Logan's style?
When I mentioned this question to Logan, he said “It’s all thanks to you.” ha! But honestly, he has helped style our home much more than he realizes. We are pretty similar in design tastes, but I tend to gravitate towards white and lighter elements, and he enjoys darker tones and textures. I think the merging of both has really created a unique space that reflects who we are- not only as individuals, but who we have become together. For example, Logan’s one hundred year old, dark wood piano against the bright white living room wall feels like a perfect blend of character and simplicity.
What motivates you to collect and decorate your home?
You’ve caught me at an interesting time right now, as we’re in the midst of simplifying our home and minimizing our belongings. That being said, we’ve sent a lot more things out of our home than we’ve brought in recently. The concept that ‘less is more’ has resonated strongly with me, and has affected the way I decorate our home. But, the motivation behind our style and how I collect certain pieces remains- I love being surprised by something lovely, useful, and well made. I’ve curated a lot of my decor from estate sales and thrift stores, because I love the stories that vintage pieces tell.
What main principles come to mind when selecting items for your home and arranging them? Any reoccurring design principles?
If I’m not buying vintage, I look for items that are handcrafted, locally made, made in the USA, or just have an overall excellence in design and quality. I typically pick a piece because I feel drawn to it, rather than having a specific place in mind for it in my home. As far as design goes, my instinct is to cluster items together, but I’m learning to let things breathe a bit, and allow more empty space on shelves and surfaces.
Books and plants are my go-to’s and seem to have made their way into every room in the house. I also recently realized I have a thing for vintage brass animals!
What role does your home play in inspiring, centering, and preparing you to carry out a creative job?
The line between home and work has always been a hard one for me to draw. Having a home studio means the couch can be my office- which is great, but it also means that the needs of keeping the house put together are right in front of me, even when I have work to do. Having a regular schedule and specific times to clean and maintain the house allows me to enjoy the comfort of home during my work day, without feeling the weight of household chores. Starting my morning in a tidy space helps me head into the studio with a clear mind, ready to create.
Within their home, both Jami and Logan have back to back creative, office spaces. Here is a glimpse into both:
What draws you to collect Convivial items?
The beautifully designed geometric shapes originally drew me to Convivial, now the neutral color consistency and overall functionality has kept me coming back. I love Convivial pieces not only because they are unique and lovely, but because they are so effortless to use. In my experience, it can be hard to find high quality, handcrafted wares that are easy to clean, and can be used and enjoyed on a daily basis. I have also really enjoyed seeing the progression of Convivial’s growth these past few years. I’ve been inspired multiple times not only by the beauty that comes in the form of finished products, but by the intentionality and integrity of how the company operates. Convivial pieces have become staples in our home, and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon!
What three words would you use to describe Convivial wares?
Functional, Simple, Elegant
What is your favorite Convivial item to date?
Oh man, this may be the toughest question yet!
I truly love them all, but I’m going to say the 2V Geometric Fruit Bowl. I love the way it fits in my hands, and it’s big enough to hold a grand salad or freshly sliced bread for a large gathering.
What steps do you take to prepare for hosting? Are these the same steps that you take to prepare for holiday specific hosting, such as Thanksgiving?
I generally like to have the meal planned before anything else. Depending on the season, and number of guests, we may gather inside at our dining room table or outside at our nine foot table. Once those are decided, I pull serving dishes and think about the table. I try to create meals and table settings that are simple and thoughtful- this goes for special occasions, too (I’m hosting my first thanksgiving this year!) Adding fresh greenery or seasonal flowers is a lovely way to make a gathering table memorable. I’ve come to learn that hosting well is not about every detail being perfect, but rather about creating a space where people feel comfortable to rest, laugh, and enjoy a meal together. My goal is that everyone who comes through our door feels welcome and wanted- and a good cup of coffee is a great place to start.
Stay tuned for our next post featuring a new Pumpkin Pie recipe + baking inspiration from Robyn Holland, @sweetish.co, a California baker + food stylist.