It’s the little moments that matter the most, and as Mainers we know the value in slowing down and enjoying the world around us. My hope is that my handmade, functional art adds joy to everyday life. Because life is too short to sit on a shelf. — Rickie Drake, owner of Lola Arts
Like most children before the Internet took over, Rickie Drake, the owner of Lola Arts, filled her free time with whatever creative whim took hold. As a child, she loved to paint, sketch, make jewelry, and write. She could often be found in her father’s woodshop or working on a project using her mother’s sewing machine. “Growing up on a small island in Maine, I was brought up in a community of people who used their hands and natural skills to make a living and support their families,” said Drake. “Island life formed me into someone who needs to work hard at something I love, something that speaks to me and has purpose for my greater community.”
Drake was in high school when she first worked with clay. She revisited it again in college and it’s been a major part of her life ever since. After college, Drake worked as an assistant to a local potter in exchange for studio space. It was during these 13 years, observing the growth of her employer’s business, that Drake was able to hone her skills and develop her own sense of design.
“My work is simple, bright, and inspires happiness in day-to-day life. The colors and designs are inspired by my life on the ocean and in diverse island communities. It’s the little moments that matter the most, and as Mainers we know the value in slowing down and enjoying the world around us. My hope is that my handmade, functional art adds joy to everyday life. Because life is too short to sit on a shelf.”
The Love Maine line, the heart of Drake’s work, began when she and her husband wanted to share with their wedding guests all the things that were important to them and their life together. Drake created her signature ceramic Maine ornaments to share with their family and friends. Thus the Love Maine line of home accents was born with the ceramic Maine ornaments. The line has since expanded to include magnets, coasters, and trivets, all with the state of Maine and a signature small heart in the center. “So many people have a piece of themselves here (in Maine), whether they grew up here, have visited once, or spend summers here. My work lets them take a little bit of that specialness home with them, wherever that may be,” said Drake.
Drake strives to create things that simply delight people and herself. Maybe that’s why she named her company after her dog, Lola. “I want to live with intention, to surround myself with things and people who make me happy, in a place that makes me happy. Lola Arts is the action of taking all of that into my own hands.”
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