About the Artist
Sequoyah Johnson is the Austin-based ceramicist behind The Coy Collection. Her work is a distinctive mix between sleek modern shapes with childhood iconography, and it’s that nostalgic design sensibility that’s drawn brands like Free People, West Elm, Donni and Microsoft to the Coy Collection for collaborations. After receiving her BFA in Ceramics and Art education, Sequoyah taught k-middle school art for seven years. That playful sensibility translates directly into The Coy Collection, which launched in 2018. The Coy Collection offers a variety of ceramic wares that make you feel good - connecting functional artwork to self love and care. Our mission is to empower, inspire, and spark joy in everyday rituals. Each piece serves as a lil reminder that your body + home are worthy of smiles, love, and warmth.
My name is Sequoyah Johnson and I am an artist, educator, motivational speaker, and liaison between reality and what most people would deem impossible. My current body of work consists of ceramic works - both functional and sculptural. These pieces include a nostalgic motif of smiley faces and the word “NO” that serve as constant reminders of self-healing and happiness. Each piece is hand thrown on the wheel or has been slip casted in plaster molds in my home studio in Austin, TX. Each piece is hand painted and is completely unique. The smiley face works are all hand drawn and have their own personalities. They are representational of people - all different, all unique, all full of beautiful energy. They serve as the smiley face stickers we don't get as adults, but so desperately need. As adults we are required to silence our thoughts, ignore our gut feelings, work painful jobs, tolerate abuse to live according to society standards of security, which then leads to feelings of suffocation, confusion, poor health - you name it. Like myself, I see and feel so many adults, full of potential shoving themselves into boxes no one was ever meant to fit into. WE DO NOT NEED TO LIVE LIKE THIS.My work challenges consumers to take small steps to finding positivity and healthy boundaries in their daily routines. I found it to be overwhelming to be black, woman, artist and quickly realized these themes and messages transcend labels and are universal. My work is a call to challenge the cost of happiness for every one - metaphorically and quite literally and is a call to action. SMILE. Sip on the hard truths. Set boundaries. Reclaim your life and your joy.