I always used to think that ceramics and pottery were boring. In school and college, every ceramics class seemed to end in a mess of clay-smeared aprons and a collection of wobbly, knobbly pots, and inevitably one disheartened student whose work had exploded in the kiln...
More recently though, my eyes have been opened up to the beautiful and often very non-boring creations that ceramicists come up with. If you too have preconceptions of ceramics being boring or ugly, let me show you some examples that will hopefully change your mind!
Marina Marinski is a Croatian ceramicist who combines both pottery and illustration to breath life into her work through the use of vibrant colours and child-like playfulness. Her collection of bowls, cups and planters are so fun, I love them.
Fox Cups - Set of 2 - £27.57 | Face Bowls - Set of 3 - £62.04 | Yellow Planter - £22.06
The work of industrial design studio ONE and MANY has a much more sophisticated pallet of greys, whites and blues. Their pleasing forms and interestesting yet stylish use of glazes creates a beautiful collection of pieces which are all so different, yet sit together perfectly.
Small ceramic jar - £18.61 | Marble Bowl - £34.47 | Three Colours Bowl - £27.57
These fun, stripey vases from Shade of Shape are a unique way of giving any living or working space a modern feel. Owner and designer Sonia Jaks creates these sets of vases as a way to preserve her favorite colour combinations, and what lovely colour combinations they are!
Set of 3 vases - £51.70 | Set of 2 vases - £34.47
Anna Baskakova designs and makes her ceramics in London, and is one of the founding members of the Ceramics Studio Co-Op - An artist-run, ceramics, art and sculpture studio in West London. Anna has worked on a range of projects and exhibitions, and you can own a piece of her beautiful work for as little as eight pounds!
Ceramic pendant - £8 | Polka-dot cereal bowl - £21 | Porcelain cup - £10
Jill Shaddock is a West Yorkshire based artist whose work I first saw shortly after she graduated from Manchester School of Art, when we were both exhibiting at one of the Little Northern craft fairs. Her beautifully slip cast ceramics are so intricate, yet simple, and her colour choices are right up my street!
Tower vase - £50 | Tiny shallow vessels - £20 | Mini row - £95