Nov 7, 2014

5 Questions For: Chelsea Minola, Grain

Name: Chelsea Minola 
Title: Partner 
Company: Grain 

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why? 

We're most excited about our Circlet lighting collection that we launched last spring. It was a great opportunity to work with local glass artists, such as John Hogan, to produce the various diffusers for the collection. The Northwest glass community is so rich, and we've wanted to explore that for a long time. Also, it's just fun to be in the hot shop and witness glass being blown.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy. 

Smart, independent, and responsible. 

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why? 

I have a special love of the Skagit Valley. My grandparents had a beach house out there, and it’s still in our family. I spent most of my childhood summers there crabbing, digging clams, and collecting blackberries with my grandfather. 

Who or what are you inspired by right now? 

Our collaboration with Bainbridge Island ceramist Terry Siebert on our Grail terracotta series has us thinking a lot about clay. There is so much that can be made from one simple material. We're even talking about the idea of getting our own small wheel and kiln so that we can experiment with prototypes here in our studio. 

What do you think of the color gray?

One of my favorites.

Photo by Ben Blood.

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