Detroit Symphony Orchestra played New York’s prestigious famous Carnegie Hall for the first time in 17 years on May 10, 2013. Detroit Nation, a New York-based organization whose goal is to bring together former and current Detroiters across the country in order to “stay involved in the city’s revitalization,” hosted the after-party. PLAYGROUND DETROIT was asked to curate a contribution for their silent auction; all proceeds went to the DSO. Detroit-based entrepreneur Elysia Vandenbussche of Local Portion was chosen and accepted to make a contribution. A set of her beautiful ceramic bowls helped raise $300 at the event.
Local Portion is a ceramics company and studio based in Detroit just off of Cass Park. College for Creative Studies alumni Elysia Vandenbussche founded the studio this year with the desire “to offer hand made ceramic work that was functional for any lifestyle.” Local Portion is about minimalism and quality.” She explains,
Clay is a language of communication for me. There is a strong and tangible symbiotic connection.”
With the freedom of college’s large work spaces and high tech facilities behind her, a 300-square foot bedroom revealed ‘the value of space.’ Vandenbussche said, “I reflected on the thought that if one only has limited volume, how can that be maximized? What does a person really need?”
Human need also led to her work with Detroit Soup for the Detroit Design Festival in 2012. She plans to work with the organization again in the future because, “this collaboration is of great importance and a perfect fit… making a ceramic soup bowl for a non-profit that values the quality of people and gathering each month to share a meal and listen to each other.”
Currently she is also working with the new Whole Foods to create a mural out of ceramic tiles for the interior of their Detroit location, which opens June 5th. But that’s not all- this ambitious young artist isn’t stopping there- she has been selected to participate in The Red Bull House of Art’s fifth cycle of studio residencies to add to her list of accomplishments for the year. The exhibition will be open to the public in Eastern Market this upcoming August.
Elysia Vandenbussche is a entrepreneurial pioneer, leading the way for a new generation of artist-run businesses. She encourages people to move to the city especially for this reason,
[Detroit] is a great place to test ideas and build dreams.”
Simultaneously, she emphasizes the difficulties of living there. Although one will be “expending greater effort by moving here, the challenge is well worth it.” To prepare for these hurdles one must have a malleable mind open to learning, in combination with a strong “mindset that will never giving up when obstacles arise.”
Her advice: “Immediately engage with your community.”
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