Karin was born in New York and has lived in London for more than 30 years. She, her husband Ian and children Izy and Jasper are all patients at Pure Smiles.
It sounds like you have enjoyed an interesting and varied life so far. How long have you been making pottery?
I went to Art School in New York where I majored in photography and minored in pottery and we had pieces I had made around the house, but I hadn’t really done anything since then. When my daughter Izy was 15 (she’s 22 now) she started a food blog. She would bake things and then take her own photographs.
Handmade pottery was enjoying something of a revival but it was very expensive. She came to me and asked if I could make some nice plates and things to showcase her food. I could see that this would be great for her and for me.
At 55 years old, the decision to start making pots again served a dual purpose, I was looking for a creative outlet and Izy wanted the pottery for her photo styling. As the children didn’t need me so much, I found an adult evening class with the LBHF and went there once a week.
Pottery is very addictive and I just kept making and making. I realised that I couldn’t keep piling everything into the shed, so I started attending craft fairs in and around London and two years ago I launched my own shop on Etsy.
I mostly work in handmade slab and coil techniques. I throw a little bit, but mostly prefer the more naive wabi sabi look of handbuilding. I work hard at keeping that handmade look!
Could you tell us how you found Pure Smiles and how long you have been a patient?
A friend recommended Pure Smiles to me about 15 years ago and I have been recommending them ever since. I think they are wonderful and I tell everyone to go there! I see Shiraz and my husband sees Ayzaaz.
I particularly like the way that Shiraz keeps up to date with all the latest technology and he really likes his gadgets. I think that’s amazing and it gives me confidence that I am getting the very best care available.
I had a dental implant a few years ago and it has made a huge difference to my life. I had a dead tooth right at the front and it looked terrible. I’d had it root canal filled many, many years ago and it had been cleaned out and refilled but it was never right. I also had bone loss.
The implant process was quite lengthy but it’s worth it. I didn’t like to smile very much before the implant but now I have no problem. The tooth looks and feels just like my natural teeth – you can’t tell it apart. Being a part-time librarian means I deal with the public, so being able to smile with confidence is very important to me.
Karin’s beautiful pottery will be on sale at The Hand Sale at the St Mary Abbot’s Centre on Kensington Church Street from the 28th to the 30th November or you can visit her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/uk/people/KCHossack. Izy’s food blog can be found at www.topwithcinnamon.com.