Photo by Mike Bragg
Meet Betsy Hinze, glass, ceramic, and culinary designer. Betsy believes that art should be experienced beyond something hung on a wall or displayed on a plinth. She knows there is beauty in functionality and creates objects that are designed for interaction. Describing herself as a “curator of experiences” her chosen mediums are food, fine craft, and community. She hopes to bring people together through interactive installations and performative events and offer them something more than just a beautiful object or a good meal; she leaves each person who attends with a profound and memorable experience.
When did you first learn about your field of work? What called you to it?
What does success mean to you?
To me, success means being able to live comfortably and do what I love. I just want to be able to wake up in the morning excited about the work I’m going to do that day and be able to afford my own studio, a comfortable living space, and a little left over for travel. It’s less about a financial goal and more about a desire for balance – emotional and physical well-being are more important than a high income. I also want to feel like I am doing something meaningful in the world.
What is your personal motto?
Dream bigger and look closer.
Name a woman, past or present, whom you admire?
Marije Vogelzang is a Food Designer from Scandinavia. She’s long been an inspiration to me because of the way she gets us to think differently about food, dining, and connection. She’s a working mother and (very) successful artist and yet always appears to be warm, welcoming, and generous.
Photo by Mike Bragg
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting a business?
When you think it’s not working, just keep going.
What is your favorite aspect of your workspace?
The fact that a good deal of it is in nature. I work in my glass/ceramics studio, my kitchen, and my home studio but my favorite “studio space” is out in the woods where I gather inspiration and forage ingredients to design my immersive nature-inspired sensory events.