Hayley Reed

ceramics - design - function

Meet the artist


Hayley Reed was raised in Houston, Texas and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. She is currently living in Seattle, Washington and is working as a studio assistant for Deborah Schwartzkopf at Rat City Studios. Hayley makes functional slip cast wares for the home, and she is currently exploring digital fabrication techniques to make plaster molds. To see more of her work, you can visit Instagram

Artist Statement

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I am inspired by architecture, structure, and how people interact with the objects they choose to surround themselves with. Function is the core of my pottery making. I am interested in how handmade pottery affects people's experience while using it. It is my hope that there is an increased intimacy and connection felt because the object is handmade. I explore the themes of structure, shape, pattern, and multiples through 3D printing and mold making. I am drawn to and create forms featuring sharp angles, twisting, layering, and stacking. Using molds and slip casting allows me to produce multiples of the same object which I can then cut apart and stack and attach in different ways to create variations on the same form. 


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