Robyn Molnar is the creator of Nightshift Ceramics, and a Maker In Residence at Assembly.
How did you get started making ceramics? Is this the first business you have run?
It was very random. I took a weekend workshop, and really liked working with clay so I continued to take more classes and learn as much as I could. (Still learning today!) I have run a few other “businesses” before. I say that in quotes because they were not successful, nor did they have much direction behind them. I sold vintage online in a shop called Rare Treasure, and had an accessories brand called Heartbeat with my sister in the mid 2000’s.
What is your favourite thing about your workspace?
The cool buds I share it with!
Your designs are so fun and fresh, where do you get your inspiration from?
I am a child of the 80s, and also one raised by TV, haha. (Ask me about any 80s sitcom-I’m sure I can tell you all about it!) But I think that the pop culture of that time has really seeped into my brain and my design sensibility too.
How long does it take to create a ceramic piece? Can you provide a little bit of insight into the process?
There are many steps, including the creation of the piece, drying of clay, firing. It can take more than a week to get to the final product.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Honestly, I don’t even remember! Maybe a fashion designer? I don’t think I had much of a clue, which makes sense considering my actual career trajectory has been pretty clueless too!
What does success look like to you?
The freedom to do what I want, and choose the projects I want to do. Also while making enough money to pay the bills and do things like buy a coffee without having guilt for spending $4 dollars. Not completely there yet, but hoping to get there one day. :)
What are some of your favourite things to do in the city?
Well, my favourite night out is Yacht Rock at The Boat. If you are not familiar with what Yacht Rock is - it’s those smooth, jazzy sounds of the 70s and 80s- things like Phil Collins, Lionel Richie etc. I know a lot of people consider this garbage, but I love it so much! Another favourite thing to do is dine at The Skyline and drink their spicy margarita. The best!