I always joke that I never give up but I give up every day. There’s always a moment where I sigh, and say, “Oh man another problem.” But I’ve convinced myself that every problem can be solved.—Nick Moen
Nick Moen and The Bright Angle
Nick Moen is a potter and the creator of The Bright Angle: a business bridging technology and craft. The Bright Angle is a collective of artists creating handmade objects for mindful daily rituals that create a sense of gratitude and joy throughout the day. Nick and The Bright Angle can be found in Asheville, NC.
What time do you get up?
Usually 7:30 a.m. I prefer to have some time in the morning to get a jump on planning what needs to happen during the workday before the team shows up in the studio at 9.
What time do you go to sleep?
Usually 12:30am. I try to get to bed earlier if at all possible, but as a new business owner it is hard to stop designing/planning/creating once the work day is over.
Is your creative work your full-time job?
Yes. I have been making a full time living on pottery since 2014 – although I did have a couple of false starts before then.
Do you wait for inspiration before you begin or do you begin regardless of inspiration?
I’m always beginning.
How many hours a day, on average, do you do your creative work?
During crazy times 14 hours a day. Sometimes as few as eight. If I have time after work to make myself a good dinner or exercise I have had a really good day.
At what point are you done for the day?
When I almost feel like I got something done.
Do you work primarily in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
Daytime. Although occasionally you’ll catch me sending the stray 2:30am email.
Do you have a daily routine for your creative work?
In our studio it is important to us to use the things we make as a part of our creative routine. I am currently making coffee in our pourover.
How does it start?
Usually with coffee and a pep talk.
How does it end?
With a deep sigh and a stretch.
Has your creative process changed over the years?
Yes, absolutely. It changed a lot when I employed other people. I now have more freedom and more responsibility.
Do you have a dedicated work space?
We have an 1800 square foot studio in downtown Asheville, NC.
If yes, do you have anything in your work space to encourage creativity?
Everything around us encourages creativity. We have a white board by our desk where we write our daily lists, game plans, goals and funny quotes from our team. We have shelves of books and models and pottery that inspires us.
How do you stay focused in a world of the internet, social media, interruptions, and other distractions?
I hired someone to do social media for me. I don’t have facebook or instagram on my phone. Best decision I’ve ever made.
How do you maintain your creative energy?
We take stretch breaks, do yoga as a group on Tuesdays, we have snacks and treats, we discuss our designs together every Monday morning, and I meditate, myself.
Are there any books that you turn to for inspiration and guidance?
Mostly materials science books. I’m interested by the possibilities.
What other activities do you engage in to encourage your creativity outside of your creative work time?
I frequently go for walks. I go for runs. I love live music. Most of all I love seeing how people interact with their things in their day to day life.
The deeper stuff...To listen to the conversation with Nick and The Bright Angle on The Creativity Habit podcast:
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