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Caesar Ceramics: Simple, minimal and illustrative designs and a love of art

Madelyn Inskeep, owner of Caesar Ceramics, said her love of art began at a young age, and her interest in ceramics started while attending Youngstown State University, during a pottery class for her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Interactive Design. 

[EDITOR'S NOTE — Each week, this feature section, “Movers and Makers,” will feature the stories of the movers, launchers, entrepreneurs and makers who contribute to the vitality of the Mahoning Valley. This section is supported by our first community partner, Farmers National Bank.]

YOUNGSTOWN — Caesar Ceramics specializes in small-batch ceramics, like mugs, spoon rests and bowls. 

Madelyn Inskeep, owner of Caesar Ceramics, told Mahoning Matters that her love of art began at a young age, and her interest in ceramics started while attending Youngstown State University, during a mandatory pottery class for her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Interactive Design. 

Post-graduation, Inskeep landed a job as a graphic designer, but still had a love of pottery.

“It was a good job, but I could not stop thinking about ceramics,” she said. 

After buying a used kiln at a garage sale, Inskeep said her love for pottery reignited. When she was laid off from her graphic design job during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she found plenty of time to practice her pottery skills. 

Within six months, Inskeep decided to turn her hobby into a business and launched Caesar Ceramics on etsy

“[Caesar Ceramics became a business] when I started making too much stuff. Once I started posting on the internet, some of my friends were commenting like, ‘Hey when can I buy something from you?’ So I guess it was just kind of a natural progression into me making like a few spoon rests and some mugs. Now it's just like, ‘I’ve got to keep making stuff!’ It's fun. I love experimenting and seeing what people like,” Inskeep said. 

A year after opening, Caesar Ceramics has collaborated with various local shops, pop-ups and markets, including Common Goods Studios and The Youngstown Flea. 

“[The Mahoning Valley small business community has] been so welcoming. Initially, I was very scared, [but] there are so many local small businesses that are established and [who] knew what they were doing [and] they instantly were welcoming and so kind,” Inskeep said. 

Inskeep described her pottery style as “simple and minimal while bringing in illustrative elements.”

“[I like] letting clay and glaze speak for themselves and not really like going too crazy. I always try doing illustrations and bring my graphic design background into my ceramics just [with] some line work or just flower illustrations,” she said. “It ebbs and flows with me. One month I'll be really minimal with everything, and the next month I'm like, ‘I want to pile on 18 glazes on here and do a big illustration on it.’ So I'm still trying to find a consistent style for myself.” 

Inskeep told Mahoning Matters to keep an eye out for Caesar Ceramics at Common Goods holiday craft show on Nov. 27 and The Youngstown Flea’s holiday show on Dec. 4 and 5. 

For commissions and wholesale send an email to Inskeep. For more information on Caesar Ceramics visit her Instagram page.



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