• Artist Editions: Wyatt Little

    Designed exclusively for Urban Outfitters, Artist Editions is an ongoing series of limited, designs from some of our favorite new artists. 

    Wyatt Little is a Texas-based designer who creates ceramic vessels for the home. Drawing inspiration from his own childhood in the 90s, Wyatt breathes new life into nostalgic objects. Scroll on to read more! 

    Photos by Taylor Brown 
    Can you introduce yourself — tell us more about who you are, where you’re from, and what you do.. 
    My name is Wyatt Little and I am a Ceramic Artist from Houston, TX. 

    How did you first get into creating ceramics?
    I was living with a roommate who was doing ceramics in his garage and I had a bunch of concepts floating around in my head. He taught me the basics and I have been doing it for 8 years now. 

    Tell us more about your Studio! Can you walk us through a typical day in the life? 
    I like to get up fairly early, usually around 5am. It gives me time to zen out, get caffeinated and think of new ideas before the rush of the day starts. I get into my studio around 7 and work on whatever orders I have at the time. Lately, I have been making the Computer Planters first thing. There is just something magical about rolling out a big slab of terra cotta as the sun starts to pour into my studio. Around noon I will pack orders and run a few errands. Usually to buy clay or plaster or a burrito. The rest of the day will usually be dedicated to finalizing pieces to be fired that night and if I have a little free time I will be working on a new idea for the rest of the day. 
    What's been inspiring you lately?
    I’ve been finding a lot of inspiration in architecture lately. 1970’s era apartment buildings with various types of intense rock facades and derelict buildings with big blocks of pastel colors where signage used to be. Im also pretty sentimental for things I grew up with so that continues to be a source of inspiration I pull from. 

    How has your style evolved to what it is today?
    My style has evolved as I have learned more about my craft. I will have ideas for years and not know how to properly execute them. Then, someone within my community will give me some advise or I will learn a new technique and figure it out. Once I have a success like that, I will build off of it and apply that new technique to other pieces. 

    What's the most important thing to you when creating a piece of work? What do you hope for people to take away from it? 
    I love it when people are confused by my pieces at first glance. Then once they figure it out, I hope they are delighted. 
    Who are some other artists (in any medium) who you look up to?
    Marcel Wanders, Duchamp, Claes Oldenberg, Rem Koolhaas and Phil Collins. 

    What are some current projects you’re working on?
    Little computers, little basketball vases and one huge piece that will take up my entire kiln. 

    Any advice for others who are looking to begin their own creative endeavor but are unsure how to start? What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned? 
    Find something that makes you feel euphoric. Ceramics and art in general makes me feel euphoric. There will inevitably be low points in your given endeavor but if you feel intensely about what you do it won’t matter. 
    Lastly, what’s a dream project/ collaboration for you? 
    I’d love to make a computer lab that is just rows of ceramic computers and lots of beautiful plants. Visitors can come in, sit down and stare at the plants. 

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