Tell us a bit about your work and why you became a ceramic artist?
I am a potter and make functional stoneware pottery, mostly on the wheel. My studio is at the bottom of my parent’s garden, in North London. After studying Illustration, I was working at a fine art print studio and started going to a pottery evening class that was held in the same building. I fell in love with working with clay and slowly began to set up a studio in my parent’s shed. I started posting pictures of my work online and got a few wholesale orders, which lead to me quitting all my other jobs and working full time as potter- it happened quite organically and I feel very lucky to be able to do what I do!
What inspires your work?
I think my time printmaking still inspires my work today. I quite like treating the surface of my pots as if they are two-dimensional and to me, making a unique ceramic piece is similar in practice to monoprinting.
What’s your first memory of dogs being in your life?
I was completely obsessed with dogs when I was a kid, I wanted to have a ‘dog farm’, which I think just involved me hanging out with a lot of dogs. My parents finally gave in and agreed to get a dog when I was at primary school, her name was Indy and she was a gentle and silly golden retriever. I loved her so much that I got her tattooed on my arm when I was a teenager.
Tell us about Fig and how she came into your life?
I had always wanted my own dog and I felt the time was right to get one, partly to have as a little companion whilst working alone but also as a means to get me out of the shed. Fig came from a breeder in Devon, who happened to have one puppy left- it was very lucky timing that I called when I did! When I first saw her, she ran straight to me and I cried haha. She is a very sweet and calm dog but gets very cross if she sees a tomcat in the garden! She sleeps most of the day and you’ll find her curled up in the warmest, comfiest spot in the house.
How does having a dog fit into your general working day?
I have to coax Fig out of her bed in the morning for her walk but she always loves it once she’s out- unless it’s raining! We go to Hampstead heath everyday, we’ll walk for about an hour and a half and she likes it best when we head into the woods. She sleeps on her bed in my studio for the rest of the day, as close as she can get to the heater or cooling kiln. She comes with me for deliveries and is by my side most of the time. I know it’s 6 o’clock because I get a little nudge, followed by a polite bark to let me know it’s time for dinner.
When you’re not working where do you like to head out with the dog?
I like to get out of London whenever I can and really enjoy taking Fig to the sea, even though she won’t swim! We recently went to Grebe beach in Falmouth and Mwnt beach in Cardigan and loved both!
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?
I don’t like to take much with me when I walk but I always have a tin of liver treats in my pocket. Fig was really ill last year with a nasty stomach bug that lingered for ages and she completely lost her appetite, it was so sad! She’s on raw food now and really well, so I love to give her lots of treats.
What adventures do you have planned with Fig for later this year?
We are moving to South London at the end of the month, so we will be exploring all the parks nearby! It will be lovely to have a change!