What’s in Your Toolbox: Rebecca Wood


I first fell in love with Rebecca Wood’s gorgeous pottery by way of the blog Beauty Everyday, which she shares with fellow creatives Kristen Bach and Rinne Allen. She is one of Athens, Georgia’s local treasures, and I know many a gal who lists R.WOOD pottery at the top of her gift wish list! Rebecca draws inspiration (pun totally intended) from her natural surroundings, which can be found in her beautiful organic lines, whether hand-painted on surfaces or in the curves of her clay. Keep reading for a glimpse into this inspiring woman’s creative process! — Ginny

1. Design*Sponge: What is in your toolbox?

Rebecca Wood: Generally, all I need is my eyes, my Nikon Coolpix, a notebook to write ideas in, and a sketchbook and a Sharpie to draw with.

2. Design*Sponge: Fill in the blank, “When I am in my studio, I feel _____________.”

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3. Design*Sponge: What is on the top shelves of your inspiration library right now?


Rebecca Wood: Swan Island dahlia catalogue, Schreiner’s iris catalogues, Ceramics Monthly magazine, books about old Japanese ceramics, and books about Ikebana.

4. Design*Sponge: How do you keep yourself organized?


Rebecca Wood: If I feel like my head is swimming, I make a list in a spiral notebook and then start checking things off.

5. Design*Sponge: If you could have one superhero (or magical) power, what would it be and why?

Rebecca Wood: It would be to heal the sick because without our health, we can’t shine and be joyful.

6. Design*Sponge: What is the best advice you have ever received, and what is the one piece of advice you would offer to a young artist/designer?


Rebecca Wood: Don’t just sell the product, sell the lifestyle.


7. Design*Sponge: How do you combat creative blocks?

Rebecca Wood: Walk in the woods, peruse books, go to a museum, or pick up some new magazines.

8. Design*Sponge: Where do you like to shop for inspiration?

Rebecca Wood: Flea markets


9. Design*Sponge: If you could peek inside the studio/toolbox of any designer/artist/craftsperson, whose would it be and why?

Rebecca Wood: Cézanne’s paint box, because out of those simple tools came a whole new way of seeing that influenced all who came after.

10. Design*Sponge: If you could make a master mix-tape of music that is inspiring you at the moment, what would it include?

Rebecca Wood: Lots of James Brown to get through the Georgia heat. R&B music from the ’70s, great singer/songwriters like Neil Young and Bob Dylan, and throw in some Beck, Bach, and Bjork.

Julian Hazlett

I am a huge fan of Rebecca and her artistic lifestyle. Thanks so much for the photos and commentary.

sonrie

I love her work – thanks for this interview. Also I appreciate her superpower wish to heal and improve health – what a truth!

karen

“Don’t just sell the product, sell the lifestyle.” so inspired. love this interview.

nancy lendved

Rebecca is so inspiring to me, and to so many. She can do anything, including sew a mean skirt… That bolt of fabric sat on my shelf for years!

I especially love her wish for healing. May she always shine and be joyful.

Amy Flurry

And this is exactly how it feels to have Rebecca in your town, as your neighbor and friend. She inspires and she cares and hopefully that rubs off on us all.

kristen bach

I am proud to be going on my 9th year of working with and for Rebecca. She continues to inspire so so many and I feel so fortunate to know her. Thanks for the sweet article!

Kerry

Each time I’ve sat down to a meal with Rebecca’s pottery as the feast beneath the food, I’ve felt my spirit soar. What a jewel-like treasure to find her featured here.

Stacey

I live right down the street from R. Wood ceramics. So good to see a Athenian on Design Sponge!

lucy g

rebecca is a true southern treasure and we are so lucky to have her in our community.

Beth Dillard

I have known and loved her pottery for years. I sold it in my shop until we closed the retail part of our business.I eat on her plates every night!! Love it that you posted on an amazingly creative company like this..Kudos to you..we need to support these great artists!

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