"IT'S LIKE PAYING OFF YOUR STUDENT LOANS -- IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT, IT SEEMS LIKE AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK."
Katie Coughlin was 17 when she had her first experience working with clay -- a child's class, as she was right on the cusp of adulthood and not quite old enough for the adult class. Despite that somewhat awkward beginning, ceramics stuck.
Although she intended to study photojournalism, Katie ended up with a BFA in ceramics at the end of her time at Alfred University in upstate New York. During the next few years, she traveled from internship to internship in the Western part of the country, save for a stint in Italy. From 2010-2013, she moved from Colorado to Alaska to Montana, and then finally, back home to Brooklyn, New York.
In New York, Katie found herself once again faced with the prospect of regular studio hours coupled with work in the service industry -- waitressing, delivering produce, and doing whatever odd jobs were necessary to make her studio practice financially possible.
She found that in this regard, she was not alone.
So, she decided to create a place for employers and artists to connect herself. In June of 2015, Katie launched ArtJobCollective.com, a website that lists art-related jobs in NYC. She is also attending grad school...and she is also trying to have a life.
"Being an artist is a sacrifice in relationships, says Katie. Also, she hasn't found the meaning -- but she thinks she's on the right path.