Keep reading to learn more about what inspires Madeline and how she started Pots of Joie! →
Can you tell us about how you started Pots of Joie?
The idea of Pots of Joie initially developed from my love for plants and wanting to create planters for myself and to sell to other plant lovers. I soon realized that I didn’t want to make only planters and I wanted to create pieces that compliment food and beverages since I'm a big foodie as well.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your pieces?
I get my inspiration from the food that I love and other ceramicists work. Seeing another artist's designs/concepts helps get my creative juices flowing to see how I can take a piece of that and turn it into my own.
How do you Prepare Daringly®?
How I Prepare Daringly is I make sure every couple months or so I take a break from production and try creating a piece I've never made before, or create a new design that’s been in the back of my mind for a while. I really enjoy these moments, as it helps me express the creativity and spontaneity that’s been on hold during production when I’m creating repetitive designs.
How is matcha a part of your everyday life?
I like to include matcha as a part of my everyday morning routine. The process allows me to slow down and be in the present moment before I start the work day I have ahead.
Where does the name Pots of Joie come from?
When I was trying to figure out the name for my business, I wanted something to involve a term in ceramics and have a part of my name in it that isn’t completely obvious. My middle name is Joie, which is spelled slightly differently but has the same pronunciation as “joy” and I thought that would be a perfect way to make “Pots of Joie” something my own.
What is the biggest challenge with having your own business?
I think the biggest challenge of having my own business is being able to juggle every task and position a business has. It can be overwhelming at times as I’m the designer, producer, social media marketer, photographer, and graphic designer on the same day. But, it does allow for personal growth and hands-on experience, while learning more about business. I think those are crucial things to be aware of to have an idea of what you want your brand and business to be.
What do you find most rewarding about what you do?
The most rewarding thing about what I do is seeing my customers use the pieces I make in their everyday lives and them telling me that my pieces make them more excited to make their matcha or coffee in the morning. I can’t describe the amount of joy and gratitude I feel to know that my work has the potential to brighten someone's day!
What is your favorite way to prepare matcha?
Right now, my favorite way to prepare matcha is iced with almond milk along with rose syrup and honey.
A big thanks to Madeline for working with this on this collaboration! We were so excited to see these Junbi-exclusive limited edition matcha bowls come to life and hope that you love them as much as we do! 🍵💛