Meet Your Maker Monday: Nesreen Alawami
This week, Houston Makerspace profiles artist Nesreen Alawami. We first saw her work in Houston's East End art scene – she had lanterns finished in different glazes. Join us as we follow her to see some of the process behind her ceramic works.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
Nesreen H. Alawami AKA Nes. I have a FB page Pottery by Nesreen. The website is in the works.
What do you make?
I am a MudHead! I make functional and decorative pottery pieces. I also enjoy drawing, designing and making greeting cards.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I have a 7:30a-4p day job as a senior speech language pathologist at the Texas Medical Center. I enjoy my medical career immensely; however, I have to find time in my crazy schedule to indulge my creative side. My Tuesday nights are dedicated to pottery at Foelber Studios. I also spend some weekends working on pottery or drawing.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I am originally from Saudi Arabia and came to Houston back in 1993 to pursue my college education. I have always been fascinated by pottery and begged my dad for a throwing wheel when I was young. I even drew him a diagram, but no luck. However, my first official introduction to pottery was an intro class at U of H and I fell in love. It was not until few years later that I started at Foelber Studios and have been going ever since. I love the art scene in Houston and I'm so honored to be part of it. There are so many great styles and wonderful artists.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
I get inspired by everyday objects and see potential designs everywhere. But I am particularly fascinated by my own heritage and Middle Eastern inspired designs, so I incorporate them in my work. I also use my own drawings when I design my lanterns. I am a perfectionist, and I am my own worst critic when it comes to my art, but that pushes me to work harder.
What's next for Nesreen Alawami?
I am currently enjoying working on commissions and challenging myself with thinking outside the "mud" box so to speak. I also enjoy designing pieces for art shows. I would love to have my own studio one day.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I am passionate about the things that I appreciate and pottery is no exception. Working on pottery makes me happy. Having others truly appreciate my art and the hard work that goes into it makes me even happier. Pottery is a complicated process and involves many many steps. When I give someone a piece of pottery, I don't do so lightly because I know how hard I worked on it.