When did your love for ceramics start and why?
While I can’t pin down exactly where it came from, my mum has been a big influence as she enjoyed making pottery when I was younger. She has a great sense of style, and I’ve been surrounded by beautiful pieces of art my whole life.
What’s your background?
I’ve enjoyed drawing since I can remember and honestly can’t imagine doing anything else. At the age of six I won a Blue Peter badge for a drawing of a butterfly garden. Years later, I trained in ceramics – firstly as a studio potter, before completing my MA in Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University. I always knew I wanted to create my own range after studying, and took the plunge in 2014. I haven’t looked back since.
Can you tell us a bit more about your artistic process?
My designs always start with a sketch, and I enjoy experimenting with different tools. I used a calligraphy dip pen for the majority of my current range, but I like to use a variety of inks, pens and even sticks to create interesting lines. I’ll refer to Pinterest and mood boards, photographs, vintage books and illustrated guides for inspiration. I then take the process over to the computer and combine my hand-drawings with digital techniques. This results in a vintage-inspired look, which also has a clean and contemporary edge.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
A lot of it comes from nature. I’ve always been drawn to organic forms like the patina on walls, the texture of old wood, and the patterns of leaves and wild flowers. Travel is really important to me – in a very high-pressured, fast-moving world we need to make the time to explore. My parents used to take me to the Yorkshire Dales a lot when I was younger, and I find the sense of peace and undisturbed beauty there really inspiring. It can sometimes take me hours to walk through a field as I’m endlessly taking photos of plants and butterflies along the way.
Can you tell us about some of the best objects that you have collected?
I’m passionate about collecting postcards and pieces of fabric wherever I go. One of the postcards I picked up in Paris made its way onto my bee coaster and small bee jug – I scanned it and combined it with my own illustration.
Do you have a favourite design?
My personal favourite product is my statement bowl. It’s an elegant show piece which would sit perfectly on anyone’s table. I’ve used most of my illustrated floras in the design, as well as some smaller creatures.
Why did you choose a blue and white colour scheme?
The combination of blue and white is a classic and works well both in traditional patterns, and contemporary styles. When I was studying in Stoke-on-Trent, I discovered Burleigh Pottery in Middleport, which has beautiful collections of blue and white, so that’s a big influence.
Why, in your opinion, are your designs timeless?
The range was designed to be mixed and matched with antiques. I’d love my pieces to be as precious and meaningful for others as they are for me, and to become treasures that the owners will cherish for years to come.
Can you describe your designs in three words?
Elegant, timeless and unique.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have recently purchased a new house so my main focus has been renovating it into a beautiful home. I have a passion for interiors but this does mean there’s little time to expand the ceramics range this year. It is sparking new ideas for the future though!