Maker Stories

This Just In-spiraton: Eric Prum and Josh Williams

May 23, 2016
Pineapple Tumbler | UncommonGoods

Pineapple Tumbler | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Eric Prum, who, with Josh Williams, designed our new Pineapple Tumbler.

Josh Williams and Eric Prum | UncommonGoods

Photo courtesy Jane Riley, Who’d Have Thought

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I don’t really consider myself an artist, I would say more of a designer. Josh is more of the creative director type and I like to figure out how we are going to actually make the goods themselves, its really a lot of fun and requires work from a whole team :).

I have always wanted to design and make new things in the consumer products space. I love thinking of new things and products, and trying to make them into something real. Josh and I, along with our small team, strive to do this every day. We’ve built a group of passionate designers and individuals who seem to have a like minded energy and its been a great couple of years so far.

Pineapple Tumbler | UncommonGoods

What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
I have loved the process of working with my best friend to make products and designs that we love. We’ve been able to chase our dreams in that regards.

What does your typical day in the studio look like?
We both work about 16-18 hours a day, this means up early in the studio, taking care of the busy work, with creative sessions smattered throughout. The best creative work is done outside of the regular studio hours, early in the morning, late at night and on the weekends.

Eric Prum's Timex watch | UncommonGoods
Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?

My watch. Its a very simple $20 Timex. It’s from my wife and it always makes me think of her. It’s also incredibly simple in design and I love it.

Pineapple Tumbler | UncommonGoodsImagine you just showed your work to a kindergartener for the first time. What do you think they would say?
I think they would think it was a toy? I don’t really know 🙂

What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough. – Mario Andretti

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