With Re:Make SF in the air, we are taking you behind the scenes of some of our favorite places: maker spaces. You know what we’re talking about — the dreamy, lovely, inspiring studios and work spaces of the folks behind some of our favorite handmade goods. One particular creative crush of ours is potter Rossella Manzini of RossLab. We loved shopping her handmade mugs and bowls at the RossLab shop last year, and we already have our eyes on a few new pieces to snag.

We recently caught up with Rossella, who took us behind the wheel, so to speak ;) to show us how she gets her hands muddy. Join us, won’t you?

Rossella spends most days in the studio either glazing pieces for the kiln, or throwing on the potter’s wheel. (Sounds like a dream!) She finds herself working *almost* every single day since she singlehandedly runs RossLab. But, Rossella makes sure to set aside time to refuel through lunch breaks, mugs of green tea and quality cuddle time with her cat Cesare. She also tries to take at least one day off each week in order to charge her creative batteries. We agree!

But how does Rossella stay on top of the orders, find a balance between life and work and still remain creative? Fortunately, she’s doing what she loves.

She also shared with us a tip we think you’ll want to jot down — she sets small personal goals each day and rewards herself when the goals are met. Genius. It helps instill confidence in her own capabilities and move on to the next task with a positive attitude.

So whether jamming out to classical music or Led Zeppelin, Rossella finds joy and passion in her creative space and maker ways. Her final tip to us and fellow makers: “Be passionate about what to do and believe in yourself: it will show in your work and other people will see that, too.”

Well said, Rossella. Make sure to swing by and say hello to Rossella at the Re:Make Artisan Market on Saturday, September 13th. If you haven’t registered for Re:Make SF yet, be sure to snag your FREE ticket here!

We loved Rossella’s advice! What are your own tips for living creatively? Let us know in the comments below!