FOUND’s fifth spotlight of the Make(Her) Series lands on Marité Acosta pronounced MAR-a-TAE, Potter & Chef. Marité and I met earlier this summer at her new gallery and workspace in Tumalo, Oregon, called The Studio: Pottery + Arts Collective. Set inside a red barn exterior, the neutral almost industrial styled interior quickly sets her apart from the neighbors, hinting at her many talents and hats she’s both worn and mastered whilst in New York City.
Draped in natural linens herself, Marité instantly jumps up to greet me offering fresh scones, water, coffee, and volunteers details lost in textile art today, inspired by my vintage jumper with monochromatic florals. Her wisdom comes from once being a fashion designer, colorist and food stylist –– all of which are not unrelated to her present professional roles as a Chef and as we all know, a Potter.
Marité Acosta’s absolutely drool-worthy pottery can be found inside only a select few shops which thankfully includes FOUND Natural Goods and even our online store is now carrying her coveted tiny ceramic dishes in a plethora of custom finishes, all made by hand, by Marité herself here in Central Oregon. Please enjoy the edited transcription below from our hour plus together.
Marité Acosta (MA): Oh, that’s great.
Jacqueline Smith (JS): Isn’t it? My Aunt Carol found this vintage piece in Portland.
MA: Yeah, and that’s clearly a vintage print. When I was a Fashion Designer, I saw so many prints and this is from a really, really long time ago when they did these, almost like French prints where it was first etched that then gets printed. Nobody does that anymore. If you ever see this, it's because it's been taken from a vintage print. The detail is so crazy.
JS: It’s really beautiful. How do you know so much about so many things? I thought I came here to talk pottery.
MA: Well, I do use fabrics in pottery—which, it's funny because it seems so obvious coming from fashion. But, when I was first making pieces and using textiles for texture [on pottery] it really wasn't so obvious to me. I just liked it. And then someone said it to me, “Oh, so your textile background influences…” I was like, oh yeah, I guess so!
JS: You said you’ve been here only about a week?
MA: We've been here a few months now. But in terms of being able to come in and do work––it’s only been about a week, yes. [walking around the studio] We've got the kiln here. I actually had that in my garage for a while while I was trying to figure out my studio worlds. Trying to find something other than the school (COCC), which is such a great school. Thank God the school was there! But I wanted my own space and I was lucky that Heidi (Weiss-Hoffman) and I met on the first day of class and then we just connected and in the back of our minds thought we would get a space together one day and I'm so bloody happy now.
JS: It feels good in here. It's great, it's crisp.
MA: Right? Good energies. Cool. High ceilings.
JS: Raw and beautiful.