Careen Stoll and I met years ago at Silvie Granatelli’s studio. She had been a studio assistant for Silvie at the Penland School of Crafts and I was wrapping up my time as Silvie’s studio assistant. Careen made her way to Portland in 2006 and has been working at establishing herself as both a business person and as someone who is actively participating in her community. Her interest in permaculture leads her to seek relationships that both grow and deepen her studio practice. As an artist Careen has worked tirelessly and with a certain amount of flexibility to get to a place where she has some stability. She has paved the way for American functional pottery to be found in supermarkets by redefining her role as a maker and designer. The struggle of dealing with the life that she has chosen has proved her tenacity and independent nature. She is honest and open and has provided me with a very good conversation. Enjoy.