6 THINGS WITH SAMANTHA CHOO
6 Things with Samantha Jiyeon Choo Founder of Studio Jii
Samantha Choo is an artist and designer exploring the realms of understated elegance and the simplistic beauty of form and material. Her journey began with a passion for design kindled during her childhood and honed at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Samantha discovered her affinity for ceramics during a transformative layoff in the pandemic. Today, she crafts works of art that echo her love for creation and tranquility. We're honored to carry a selection of her intricate chained vessels that are exclusive to our platform.
1. What started it all for you?
2. What drives your creative spark?
3. Most treasured home decor item?
My home decor is all artwork made by my partner, friends, and/or myself. Besides that, it's all crystals, cool rock specimens from adventures, and dried flowers. I love displaying my specimens and gifts. They’re all about memorabilia and revisiting memories.
4. What’s the best advice you've ever received?
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or back into safety.” I may take this too seriously, but generally, if it inspires you and scares you, you should do it.
5. It's 5 o'clock at home. What would you be pouring?
Matcha. Anything ceremonial grade tier 1 or 2. I like my matcha a little more intense so I do a double scoop of matcha through a strainer, add hot water, and speed mix with my electric milk frother. Usually, I would shoot it, like a samurai before a dual but on a slower day I’ll add a ¼ cup oat milk and slowly enjoy a latte. Why am I caffeinating myself in the evening? Well usually during the day I’m working on my day job, being a designer for my clients. Once it hits 4 or 5 pm I take a short matcha break with my dinner before I head into the pottery studio to work on my ceramics.
6. What are your favorite 6 accounts that you follow for inspiration?
"I've always loved making things. Functional, non-functional I'm drawn by the headspace induced by the act of making and creating. My headspace always feels so loud. I notice when I go a few days without having made anything I get into these anxiety-ridden spaces, but when I'm creating, things quiet down and I can find clarity." -Samantha Choo