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Meet the Artist

by Christie Lothrop 26 Jul 2023 0 Comments

Hi!! I'm Christie, the artist behind MadPotters. 

I started creating concrete pots in my small Brooklyn apartment in 2015. What was first a creative outlet for stress and anxiety has slowly bloomed into the full-time entrepreneurship it is today. 

If you've ever been to NYC, you know the feeling of being walled in, surrounded by concrete, pavement, brick. I decided to take that as my inspiration and add a little greenery to the mix, and my first plain ole' concrete pot was born. Despite the fact that my succulents kept dying, I fell in love with the process of mixing and pouring cement into anything I thought would make a cool vessel. I scoured dollar stores and thrift shops for old, plastic containers that had nice shapes and turned those into molds. Before I knew it, I had more pots than plants, so I started bringing them to work with me, sharing my love for concrete and succulents with anyone who wanted to listen to me drone on about propagation and drainage and soil content. Slowly, MadPotters started to take shape and I opened up an Etsy shop to test the waters.

In 2017, I was offered an opportunity to leave the corporate world behind and try something new - so I did! I took a leap of faith from a steady, well-paying job and moved across country to become a farmer. I loved every second of being off-grid, covered in soil, working the land, and learning how to connect more with nature. Sadly, the farm life ended after a year, but I wasn't ready to go back to a desk just yet. So, I took another chance on MadPotters and went full steam ahead.

Fast forward to now - I am still working with resin, concrete, and succulents. Wearing all the hats required to make a small, one-person business run. And still experimenting and figuring new things out in the background. 

I'm always asked about the "why" behind doing what I do -- the short answer is because I like being creative. I like working with my hands. I like taking on new challenges of art processes and figuring them out. While this is nightmare fuel for running a business, it's what makes me happy! 

Thank you for being here with me, getting through my terrible writing skills, sticking with me when I can't decide what I want to work on next, and supporting this gal's dream of being an artist. 

I wouldn't be here without you! 



PS - If anyone is out there looking to make the leap from corporate to creative, let me know! I'm here to offer my advice based on experience and to help you make the leap. 


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