Hello! My name is Kathy Flores, a 25 year old Peruvian-Dominican potter currently working out of Chicago. I was born in New Jersey, but have lived most of my life in Florida and California. I have been working with clay since 2014. I got my start in a high school ceramics class, and continued at the student-run ceramics cooperative in UC Santa Cruz while getting my degree in Comparative Politics. I graduated in 2020, and fashioned a home studio on my patio to continue my ceramic practice. In early 2022 I relocated to Chicago, where I live with my partner Ney and my cat Sadie.
Here in Chicago I am working out of the Bridgeport Arts Center where I am a teacher, kiln tech, and independent artist.
The name Beanstalk Pottery arose from a nickname we call my little sister Isabelle — "the Bean" or "Izzybean," as she is in my phone. Although she's ten years younger than me, she's nearly taller than I am, and I joke that the Bean has sprouted up like a beanstalk. So my hope for this business is that it sprouts up just as strong and tall as my little Bean.
All of my work is made on the wheel or hand-sculpted using colored porcelains I mix myself. All work is fired to cone 6 and safe for use with food, microwaves, and dishwashers, unless otherwise stated.
Thank you for stopping by my page to learn more about me, my family, and my work.