Cincinnati ceramic artist and manager of Over-The-Rhine clothing store Continuum, Taylor Carter's aesthetic follows her wherever she goes: from her studio, to work, to home. A fine arts graduate of University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, Carter is an owner and co-owner of two businesses; Level Up Ceramics and CKTC Ceramics, respectively. At the center of juggling her businesses, work and life, she has created a dwelling place full of green leafy plants, mid-century modern furniture, curated art and groovin' records, aka the recipe for a well-balanced life. To gain insight into what makes her home unique, we sat down for a chat with Carter.
Artist / Manager at Continuum
Time lived in:
One year, rented
CityBeat: Tell me a little about yourself:
Taylor Carter: I graduated with a BFA from DAAP in 2016 and officially started CKTC with Colin Klimesh who I had been collaborating with while in school. Cincinnati is a really awesome place to start and grow a business. The creative community is thriving and space is pretty affordable. I started working at Continuum in my last year at UC, it's a really inspiring place to work and I get to meet a lot of cool people because of it. Most of my free time is spent in the studio or working on puzzles at home with my dog.
CB: What made you choose your neighborhood?
TC: Northside is by far my favorite neighborhood in Cincinnati. I love that you have all the conveniences of living in a city but it feels like you’re living in a small town. I can be anywhere in Cincinnati in 10 minutes but I can also just walk down the street to Bonomini Bakery, grab a donut, and head to Collective Espresso for a super chill morning.
CB: What are some things you love/hate about the space? Did you run into any challenges when decorating the home?
TC: I love the amount of natural light that comes into the space along with the exposed brick in the living room. I also love that we have two floors , it gives my roommate and I a good amount of privacy. I have a love/hate relationship with the vaulted ceilings upstairs. They make the space feel cozy but they’re hard to decorate around and sometime I hit my head on them which is pretty unpleasant.
CB: Where do you pull inspiration from?
TC: I pull a lot of my inspiration from new takes on mid-century modern aesthetics.
CB: How would you describe your style?
TC: My style is mid-century modern meets jungle meets Memphis Milano meets Modernist Painting.
CB: What is your favorite room in the house and why?
TC: My favorite room is definitely a tie between my living room and bedroom. I love the color and comfort in my living room, I also spend the most time in there. My bedroom is really great though, I love waking up in there surrounded by plants, it feels like I’m in a treehouse.