Simple Ceramics is a small-batch pottery based in a Kent village close to the emerging design hub of Folkestone. The ceramics made by Bee use a palette of simple and organic colours and from the inspiration of mid-century American and Scandinavian design. There are short and exclusive runs of vases, bowls, dishes and some hand-built work to be used both as objects of beauty or simply as beautiful homeware. There are also occasional open studios and workshops hosted in the barn studio.
I design and make small-batch pottery using both hand and wheel thrown techniques.
From an early age I have loved making and creating whether through sewing, drawing and, latterly, through pottery and ceramic making. I come from a long line of mainly women family members who have been creative and experimental in their love of the applied arts
Many things! But always in a creative way. I began studying drama and by that path to teaching, home making, child rearing and then satisfying my own joy in making things.
I grew up on the west coast USA in California and the fifties were a very creative time in the country. We were always encouraged to make and do either at school or at home.
A friend bought me a taster session with a local potter and after that there was no looking back! I had already spent some time handbuilding before I had children and space was a premium. This time I was determined to tackle wheel thrown ceramics in my own studio. I bought a secondhand wheel and kiln and away I went!
I converted a former garage space into a studio and I was able to really spread out and dedicate my time to perfecting the craft.
I love natural shapes, colours and architectural design as triggers to what I want to make. Naturally you look to others and I’m not alone in studying the work of Japanese and Korean potters.
Getting completely caught in the moment and not losing centre!!
Combining hand built and thrown vessels to make more organic and fluid shapes
Simply people seeing and showing appreciation. That, to me, is enough. And when they hold the work and decide to buy the piece. Of course that’s very gratifying.
Being excited every time I go into the studio. At the moment I’m really working on what I want rather than producing to order. That’s fun!
To make the perfect moon jar!
So many but probably all the people who’ve helped me to get here. Too many to mention but I think probably my mother would be up there.
Again, so many and probably not ones that are related to pottery or crafts in general. I’m such a visual person, I find seeing and touching objects fires me up more than reading about it.
Seeing a finished pot safely out the kiln!
You’ll never feel you’ve got there but the journey is wonderful.
Keep your eyes wide and your mind clear.
Stonehay, Kennett Lane, Stanford, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom, TN25 6DG
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