JA: Design is design. Whether it’s home decor, fashion or architecture, the considerations are the same: form, function, surface and pattern. It’s solving problems. It’s about thinking, “How can I make this the best it can be?”
S@H: In what ways do trends in fashion and decor influence one another?
JA: We’re lucky to live in a time where anything goes. Inspiration is pulled from anywhere – it’s really just an insane mashup. Basically, I think everything influences everything else.
S@H: Tell us about your start as a potter.
JA: When I was 12 years old, I went to a summer camp where I tried potting, and it was on! I touched the clay and felt this connection. And that was that. By the age of 14, I was a serious potter – and I was good!
S@H: Did your designs at 14 years old foreshadow the kinds of things you create now?
JA: They have a lot of the same concerns – I was all about the idea of defying gravity. I would make all these elaborate ceramic creations with teeny-tiny bottoms…. I don’t know how they stood up!