Gotta Have It
Liven up your living space with these hand thrown ceramics. With Mothers' Day on the horizon, we might be dropping a few not-so-subtle hints.
You know it’s time to sit up and pay attention when Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio have been bonding over a new hobby. It’s official: ceramics are sexy. The stars of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood have apparently been collaborating on pottery in Pitt’s home studio. (Oh, to be a fly on that wall.) And then there’s our burgeoning obsessions with The Great Pottery Throw Down, airing now on More 4. So we we thrilled to discover that Northants is a hotbed of ceramicists making pottery to DIY for.
Clay from Cotton End Park in Long Bucky was once used for bricks at the Victorian brickworks. Now it’s used by Laura Howard, founder of Long Bucky Pottery, to make her rustic pots and clay creations. We love the pared-back, monochrome finishes.
Woodford Halse-based ceramicist Jacqueline Rappaport creates eye-catching objects that fit in with family life. As a busy mum, she recognises the desire for practical yet good-looking kitchenware, so her beautifully tactile and timeless creations are the perfect feel-good, functional items. You just might want to keep them away from the tyrannical toddler.
Natural, locally sourced materials are not only sustainable but totally on-trend so Charlotte Hupfield’s whimsical creations are nailing it, inspired by the changing seasons, embossed with natural materials and inset with eye-catching, coloured glass.
Fancy getting your hands dirty and knocking out the odd vase in your spare time? Swanspool Ceramics in Castle Ashby offer courses, workshops and, for when your new hobby really starts to take hold, memberships with access to studio facilities. Beginner or old hand, you’ll find something to bring out your inner Demi Moore (remember Ghost?). Try a raku workshop, or a teapot masterclass. Spin that wheel, baby!