Lucy Aboagye is the founder of local Perth business, Not Yet Perfect – a ceramics business that encourages creativity, conversations and community through the art of pottery. Constantly inspired by the world around her, Lucy speaks to us about her journey into pottery, what inspires her work and how the idea of embracing our imperfections has shifted her entire perspective on life’s experiences.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I am a former fashion designer turned potter and founder of Not Yet Perfect – a ceramics business that aims to create a beautiful space and experience for individuals to engage with the art of pottery and find that childlike creative self that is within us all.
How did you find yourself in the world of ceramics?
I got into ceramics four years ago. I started after being encouraged by a colleague of mine to join her pottery group. I was looking for a creative outlet at the time, having left the fashion industry to teach at a school for risk youth. I was really longing for a place where I could switch off and just create. Never did I think when I joined that ceramics studio back in September 2016 that four years on I would be working full time in pottery.
What does your creative process look like?
My creative process if ever-evolving, however the constants in the process that I see whether I am working with clay or fabric are that, I intentionally create space and time to think. I take note of fleeting ideas that cross my mind. I understand that thoughts are things, and when we process them and look into them there really can be something of substance there. Not Yet Perfect was a fleeting thought that crossed my mind whilst waiting at a roundabout after work. I took hold of it, wrote it down and really thought about it. It’s that thought that has shaped the last two years of my life.
How would you describe your style?
Simple, natural, raw and refined. I love things that are as close to their natural form, that’s why I love clay (earth). There is so much beauty to found in real, raw, authentic things.
Where do you look for inspiration for your work?
I see it all around me. You don’t have to go far to find it. Not Yet Perfect is about creating a space for people to come and create. We love creating beautiful experiences for people. I take note of experiences I have had that have had a lasting impression on me and find ways to perpetuate those experiences.
We love the message behind your brand – particularly the approach of being content with our imperfections. How did this become an integral part of your brand / message?
Honestly it’s a journey I’m still on! I found myself forever striving and feeling like I missed the mark. That sense of failure took the joy out of a lot of the creative work I was engaged in earlier on. Learning to stop, enjoy the process and not make it all about the end result but who I was becoming in the process and the beautiful experiences scattered throughout, has given me new perspective.
Your studio at Heathcote Cultural Precinct is just beautiful. Can you share with us what a usual day looks like for you?
I like to get in early when its nice and quiet, put on a podcast and start trimming pottery from the previous week. Around 9am some of my team join me – I don’t do it all by myself – they are just amazing! We debrief and then continue working away on projects and getting pottery from the previous week’s workshops completed. At lunchtime, I like to sit outside, we have the most spectacular view overlooking the swan river. I head home in the afternoon, and am back at the studio in the evening for our night workshops and courses.
How do you like to practice self-care?
Previously, I did pottery to practice self care. I have now moved from pottery to pilates. Pottery is so physical and looking after my body and mind doing a slow activity that requires focus, like pilates, is the best way to start my day and look after myself.
What are you reading, watching and listening to right now?
I am reading Love Does by Bob Goff – a beautiful book, highly recommend. He speaks of the actions required for love to be felt, seen and experienced by those around us. How love is not just thoughts and good intentions, but requires action.
What’s next for Not Yet Perfect?
Not Yet Perfect is ever evolving, for now we have one focus, which is to refine what we do and offer better, more memorable experiences. From there we hope to continue growing and expanding to reach more people in our community.
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