I was instantly drawn to Hana's work when I discovered her beautiful hand thrown porcelain Scribble and Stripe pots - each one has a totally unique pattern drawn on with a permanent glaze pencil. She has recently launched a new range of coloured porcelain tableware which will be available on the site soon…
Who are you?
I’m Hana, an Aussie, a long time Londoner, a newby Bristolian, a lover of cooking and good food, music, the outdoors, knitwear and chocolate… in no particular order.
What do you Make/Do?
I’m a designer and maker working in porcelain and stoneware – I make ceramics.
I do. I studied both Design (Visual Communication) and Architecture and have worked designing websites and digital products for many years. I think I’ve always been a maker – making is part of my making – and I’m always designing and creating things. I had my first try at making ceramics about three and a half years ago (I’m not counting the wobbly coil pots made in primary school) and it was love at first throw. I find that there’s something so elemental and satisfying working with clay. And making an object with my hands, in the ‘real world’ rewards me in ways that I missed designing purely on screen.
Hmmm… not sure I have a typical process, but here goes...
It’s hard to choose – the different parts each have their own rewards – but one thing I particularly love doing is trimming thrown pieces. It’s the part when the form is truly revealed and it's very mindful and calm.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
My studio is in the basement of my home and looks out onto the garden. Its quite bright, organised and calm. I’ve only recently moved into it so it still needs a bit of 'living in’ and there are things I still need to set up, but at the moment I have a work table in the centre of the room, a wheel next to the window, a small kiln, and lots of shelf space.
What keeps you going whilst you work - soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy sidekick?
Music, usually BBC 6music. Podcasts. Constant cups of tea – it's cold in my studio! The occasional biscuit and/or piece of chocolate (who am I kidding, I never eat just once piece!)
What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
I’ll be making more slip cast pieces imminently. I’ve designed a full tableware range that matches the mugs, cups and tumblers I make. There will also be some new colours to add to the collection. And I’ll also be making some one-off plates and platters using nerikomi technique.
Three things you can’t live without:
Music. Meals shared with friends/family. Vitamin D supplements – I’d be a misery to be around if I didn’t take them in the winter! ;)
Three favourite places:
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