Tell us a bit about pinchipotto?
Pinchipotto is my world of handmade ceramics. Every piece is made from the humble origin of the pinch pot technique. It is a place where I can create plates, bowls, cups, and tableware that bring a dreaminess into the everyday. I work from home in my studio in London so I can always be with Hoagie.
What inspires your work?
I find a lot of inspiration in fashion and clothing. The shapes and colours become forms and glazes. For me, a special cup or plate is as magical as putting on a special dress. It transports you to a different place. My goal is to always create an object that has a subtle animation to it and can give you that feeling.
What’s your first memory of dogs being in your life?
I grew up in Australia. My parents owned a plant nursery with a big paddock and shed behind our home. There were always all sorts of animals (usually in a trail following my mum). Horses, chickens, guinea fowl, cats, fish, birds and at one time five dogs. We always seemed to attract more and one day a little fox terrier walked up the driveway and decided to stay. She was white with a big brown spot on her back and we named her Taffy.
Tell us about your Hoagie and how he came into your life?
We always wanted a dog in Sydney, but apartment laws are much stricter there. So, for four years we dreamed of a French Bulldog named Hoagie before he became real when we moved to Berlin. Moving to the other side of the world was one of the hardest things we'd ever done but Hoagie made life magical. Full of life with big round eyes. More recently we moved to London where Hoagie suffered two spinal injuries. Although things have changed and Hoagie needs a little more help than he used to, he's never lost his spark and still makes life magical every day!
How does having a dog fit into your general working day?
Having a disabled dog can be hard. Sometimes things have to work around Hoagie. For example, we help him with a daily physiotherapy routine in the morning and there's always a change of nappies on high rotation. But having Hoagie in our lives has kept us playful and you need this lightness especially when you work creatively. When a soft toy is being pushed into your leg you know it's break time. Snorts, grunts, and wild crazy eyes go a long way.
He is also very consoling when things aren't going well - a bad kiln firing can bring me to tears and there's nothing as comforting as a little dog body leaning on you for support.
When you’re not working where do you like to head out with the dog?
Hoagie's favourite thing is to visit his best friends, Whoopi and Youpi, and hang out in a gang. He also has his favourite park and while Hoagie can't run as much as he used to, he still loves to walk his favourite route, smelling flowers, eating grass, and usually ending with a rest in the sun.
Hoagie also attends our online life drawing classes run by our friends in Berlin. Sometimes he is sketched, too, if he happens to sit still long enough.
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk?
These days Hoagie gets around in a dog stroller! He gets tired after about 30 minutes of walking, so we save his legs for the park and he gets a ride there and back. His favourite thing is riding with the top down and sniffing the breeze.
You can follow Andrea & Hoagie's adventures together on instagram and check out Pinchipotto here