FAD: When you are not busy creating incredible pottery what else do you do?
Dustin: I’m a full-time tax attorney by trade. I also love performing improv and sketch comedy, I play a lot of Magic the Gathering, and I'm into mindfulness and yoga. I've had a wide variety of passions over the years and I try not to take things too seriously.
FAD: How did you get into pottery?
Dustin: I was never formally trained and I taught myself to throw on the wheel in high school through a ridiculous amount of trial and error. Remember, there was no YouTube back then. Then I went to college and moved on to other things and I stopped making pottery for over a decade. Three years ago I picked it back up and since then it's become a full-blown obsession. I started ceramicism mainly because I was running out of shelf space in my apartment!
FAD: We love the aesthetic at ceramicism. What inspires you to create?
Dustin: The joy of improvisation. I make limited edition sets and rarely make the same style twice. If I already know what something is going look like, I generally get very little joy from making it. And if I’m not enjoying it, then what’s the point, right? (I already have a day job!) I've studied acting and improv and practiced the dharma for a number of years and I think those disciplines have had a major influence on my creative process. Pottery for me is about responding to the clay over and over again, moment by moment, and letting go of expectations.
FAD: If you could describe your brand in three words, what would they be?
Dustin: I’ll do it in two: ice cream!
FAD: We're celebrating Brooklyn-based brands. Tell us one thing you love most about Brooklyn.
Dustin: All the nice, hairy people.