Oil & Birch

Enormous, Bison-sized welcome to brand new vendor Brin Steeves of Oil & Birch! We’re always so excited to introduce all y’all to all of this amazing new talent in Edmonton, so we won’t waste any of yer time rambling on about other stuff, yeah?

“My ceramics reflect my personality, tender and tough. Bold, brilliant glazes complement flora, fauna & tarot inspired imagery!”


What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

The first piece I threw on a wheel was a bulky, wonky ... pencil holder? Sure, let’s call it a pencil holder. It still sits on my shelf, as a friendly reminder of how far I’ve come and to be gentle with myself.


What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

My biggest challenge is trying to fit my art practice around a full time day job. I can usually squeeze in 2-3 hours before and after work, daily. When big bursts of inspiration/motivation hit it’s challenging to pack up and go to work. Luckily I make art all day at iHuman Youth Society, so that inspiration never goes to waste!


How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

I write a lot of lists to keep myself in check and on schedule. When stress and big deadlines are approaching it’s important for me to debrief with supports, celebrate myself, and do some stretching/yoga.


Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Healing, playing, sharing


\ \ \ BONUS QUESTION / / /

If you have a studio pet(s), what kind of companion animal are they?

2 resident felines!
Name? Salem & Jasper
Age? 4 & 2 years old
Any distinct personality trait of theirs? Jasper reeeally likes dumping my buckets
over. It’s great..