September 21, 2010
Beth Forer, Eisner Design, New York, NY
What did your life look like before you worked in the green building field?
I’ve had several careers. I started off in academics, majoring in Russian Studies at the University of Michigan, with the intention of going into journalism or the foreign service. I always liked designing and making things, and when I took an elective in Industrial Design, I loved it and decided to go to graduate school in ID. However, my real love was ceramics, and I worked as a potter for years and got very involved in the fine craft movement. This was a wonderful part of my life. After my son was born, I got a job with a more regular schedule, doing product development for a commercial ceramics manufacturer. Not surprisingly, it barely drew on my knowledge and experience with clay and was more about making objects cheaper and faster with the most mass appeal. However, I did get to travel to China several times, to remote places where the ceramics factories are located, and that was an unforgettable experience.(more…)