Seth Rogen talks pot, pottery, positive projects and now he’s launching a houseplant raffle
In a Zoom interview with VogueSeth Rogen sat “twirling a freshly rolled joint between his fingers.” He talked about raffling off some of his handmade vases to make room in his closet for more.
Despite his role as Benny in Steven Spielberg coming-of-age movie “The Fabelmans” and the launch of Houseplant last year, Rogen seems to be most excited about his new hobby as a potter and specifically making ashtrays.
“My journey with pottery and with Houseplant kind of paralleled each other in a really nice way, it seemed like no one had done it again in the last 30 years,” Rogen said, adding that the search for beautiful ashtrays for his own home required him to become a serious potter. He soon began experimenting with ashtray designs and rolling trays that became prototypes for some of Houseplant’s bestsellers.
“I couldn’t be happier because the brand really grew out of what I was already doing.” During the pandemic, Rogen worked with clay in her home pottery studio. “Having my own kiln is like a real eye-opener in terms of learning and experimenting,” he said of the creative freedom that ultimately resulted in his “gloopy” glaze technique, which became was recently revealed to be one of Houseplant’s coolest ashtrays.
A crowded closet equals a coin toss
During this time, Rogen accumulated much of his own work. In fact, he admits he has “a closet full of shit.”
Although he has donated many of his pieces to friends and charity auctions, Rogen is now launching Handmade by Seth in which four original vases will be given away to four lucky winners via a draw on houseplant.com from Wednesday September 28 until October 4.
“I have no desire to hoard these things for myself,” he said of the pieces that are named after “Point Break” and “Demolition Man” characters, “it seemed like a fun way to put them in people’s hands.”
Rogen then shared with Vogue about his creative process, his philosophy of life and why weed is good for him, at least.
Keep your brain busy: Rogen suggests hobbies.
Making pottery: It’s been around for tens of thousands of years, which is very comforting…usually the opposite of most jobs, he said.
Surround yourself with beautiful things: Rogen says he got into design and art through comics and with friends who did graffiti in high school.
Smoking weed“I’ve been smoking since I was 13, which isn’t necessarily something I recommend! But it’s well documented for me. Now I just smoke weed all day and love it. that. And thank goodness it came out there because it seems to be what I need.”
Keep family close: Rogen talks about the beauty of collaborating in creative pursuits with his wife Lauren Miller Rogen.