Women Who Inspire; Jill Rosenwald, Ceramist & Designer

I’m always amazed at the abundance of creative talent that lives right here in Boston! I had heard about Jill Rosenwald and knew about her beautiful pottery so I decided to pay her a visit back in 2019. I’m drawn to people who can do something that I can’t and am inspired to learn everything about them and their unique ability. I wanted to learn more about Jill and her pottery, her process and see her studio space, and I’m so happy that I did!

on my visit at Jill’s studio. Such a fun day!

If I could describe Jill, I’d say she’s immediately friendly and brings you right into her space. She has a lot going on so you need roller skates to keep up with her as she shows you around. If you have a tape recorder, then all the better, because she has a lot to say and she’s saying it fast!  She’s a whirlwind of positive energy in the best way and I left her studio with a smile on my face reliving our conversation and her stories.  Here’s just a snippet of what Jill is all about. I encourage you to go to her instagram account and shop page, I guarantee you won’t leave without buying some of her gorgeous pottery.

 

 

 

 

Jill in San Gimignano with her family water coloring on a side street.

 

Women Who Inspire Interview

 

Kristen: What’s unique about your product/service?

Jill:  We make treasures. There are millions of options so not your “run of the mill” brown pottery items but pottery that comes in 50 to 60 different shapes, sizes, colors and patterns..endless opportunities!  I personalize each piece with dates, names or messages. My client has access directly to me so there is definitely an element of relationship building while we work together to create exactly what they want. By doing this, I feel they are equally as invested in the piece.

Kristen: If you had to start over from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?

Jill:  I’ve had so many stumbles but without failure you can’t succeed. I’m not sure I would do anything differently. 

Kristen: What’s the most important business or other discovery you’ve made in the past year?

Jill:  Licensing was’t fun but really cool and necessary but I would say the most important business discovery I made was creating my “Workshop Kits” during the pandemic. Having my own business meant keeping it going and when things came to a halt because of the pandemic, I learned that you need to pivot so I created these workshop kits. They are kits with everything you need to paint your own pottery at home.

Kristen: What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life?

Jill:  Licensing was very traumatic. I needed to experience it to realize it wasn’t for me. I was looking to license my products in hopes of freeing up time to have more freedom but it was the complete opposite. It actually took up more time as well as energy which had a negative impact on my life.

Kristen: What accomplishment are you most proud of, and why? 

Jill:  That’s easy, my children! Being a mom is the greatest, most joyful and wonderful thing ever!

Kristen: What is currently the biggest challenge to your success and how are you handling it?

Jill:  I’m really interested in expanding into fabric with my designs and with so many people in the field it will be challenging but I really want to do it. I don’t know if it’s a losing proposition but I’d like to try as there seems to be potential.

Kristen: How did mentors influence your life?

Jill:  My father. He was a businessman and he had me take his invoices and figure out his commissions as soon as he felt I could handle it. Following him and seeing how he ran his business has been invaluable to me as I run my own business now.

Kristen: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time?

Jill:  If I could, I’d get out of dodge any chance I get. I love getting behind the wheel of a car and exploring. I just recently spontaneously went to Wellfleet, MA for the day!

Kristen: What mantra do you live by? 

Jill:  “You gotta get a gimmick”  Bette Midler said it best from the broadway play Gypsy. I’m a musical fan so that’s my motto. I’m very tongue and cheek!

 

Hi, I’m Kristen Rivoli. I design premium homes customized to your tastes and needs. I live with my husband, two sons, and dog just outside of Boston.