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Q and A: Natalie Herrera of High Gloss

Natalie Herrera of High Gloss is a graphic designer as well as a ceramicist, and it shows in the striking forms of her objects. The Brooklyn-based designer — whose incense altar, a decorative resting place for brick or cone scents, is a Tetra favorite — utilizes architectural forms and negative space to create clay pieces unlike any we've seen. We caught up with the recent Forbes 30 Under 30 Art & Style honoree to find out what's keeping her inspired—and stylishly warm—this winter. 

Who are your greatest influences?

The cleverness and wit captured in the works of fashion house Maison Martin Margiela, the staggering volumes and honest architecture found at the Taos Pueblo, the delicate surfaces and technical hand of modernist sculptor Ruth Duckworth, and the volume and proportions of Japanese designer Issey Miyake’s sculptural silhouettes.

What's inspiring you lately? 

I'm watching a lot of dance lately, particularly works by Martha Graham and “Das Triadisches Ballett” by Bauhaus designer and choreographer Oskar Schlemmer.

What have you been listening to in the studio?

The rotation is all over the place, but to list a few: Alessi Brothers, Linda Martell, A Tribe Called Quest, Clara Rockmore, On Being with Krista Tippett, Graham Nash, Kate Bush, Chairlift, Donnie and Joe Emerson, Mac DeMarco, Karen Dalton, and Yma Sumac.

What are you reading?

Menus. Working late and ordering in.

What's your winter uniform?

It’s mostly from REI, EMS and Cabela’s... so nothing too sleek by any means.  

Do you have any New Year's resolutions?

Just do it. —Nike