Get to Know Slip Ceramica
Damon Burton of Slip Ceramica is known for colorful, vibrant, hand-painted pottery. When he found that college life didn’t suit him, he took the plunge and started his own business. Now you can find him at markets around Seattle and he’s even a favorite at the trendy Renegade Craft Fairs. Get to know Slip Ceramica - you’ll want one of his fun pieces this summer!
What is the origin story for your business?
I had been working on finishing college for about 10 years as an adult, with multiple stops and starts and moves across the country. When I moved to Seattle, I got lucky and found a house with an unfinished basement that I could turn into a studio. I decided to try my luck at starting a business as a potter instead of going back to school one last time. I bought a pottery wheel and kiln equipment on my credit cards and started selling at markets. I'm lucky that my wife is supportive and has allowed me to pursue my business. She has a job she loves, so she has supported me figuring out how to make something I love into a career.
I was drawn to pottery because I like the three-dimensional aspects. I like using my hands to create something. Before discovering pottery about six years ago, I had always been interested in painting. Now I incorporate painting into my pottery by hand painting motifs on most of my pieces. I've been selling my pottery for the last three years at markets around Seattle.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of how my style has evolved throughout the years. I still do some old motifs that I did before I had a business, but now I hand paint almost every piece. Before I had a business, I would hand-carve pieces.
What do you love about vending at markets and craft shows?
I like meeting new people and it makes me feel good when someone buys something I've made by hand.
What has been your favorite market experience and why?
My favorite market was the Punk Rock Flea Market. I only did it once. The people were very enthusiastic about my work and other vendors were also selling interesting goods.
What are your must-haves for markets?
A pen, scotch tape, and mimosas.
Any advice for people looking to start their own business or start selling at markets?
When I first started doing markets, I would do a lot of them. Smaller markets are important so that you can get your name out there and for people to better get to know your work. Price your work so your audience buys it.
Brag to us! What are you most excited about right now?
I'm excited that my work was featured in Seattle Met this year.