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Rhian Malin Ceramics

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I am Artist in Residence, Rhian Malin……

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making thrown and altered porcelain vessels with hand painted decoration
seeing improvement in my making everyday
visiting Whichford pottery this week as it’s where the Empty Bowl Charity event is being held next month.
listening to Serial – a podcast following the murder trial of a convicted murdered
reading The Teapot Book by Steve Woodhead & How to build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
inspired by design processes which create the same object over and over again but each one with small indivualities
experimenting with different shapes for decorative vessels and nesting bowls.
learning how to make a teapot
working with very very lovely people at The Ceramic Studio. Thank you Leyla and bruno for having me. I love it here!
Rhian drawing her projected images Rhian helping with our Christmas Workshop Rhian glazing Production line!

I am… Luana Viana

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Our newest ‘I am…’ post comes from illustrator and ceramicists Luana Viana, one of our current students.

I am… Luana Viana and I am…

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making… porcelain paintings

porcelain painting

seeing… positivity

visiting… Tattoo Art Today at Somerset House

tattoo art at somerset house

listening to… Led Zeppelin

reading… The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

inspired by… tattoo designs and children’s book Illustrations

tattoos and illustration

experimenting with… London designs

london ceramic designs

learning… tattoo Illustration

learning tattoo illustration

sometimes working with… the tattoo artist Marcos Ribeiro

marcos ribeiro

Thank you Luana! And take a look at more of Luana’s work on her website

(Images: Ceramics and illustration by Luana Viana, Poster by Somerset House, Tattoo by Marcos Ribeiro)

I Am… Rie Tsuruta

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Our newest ‘I am…’ post comes from the lovely and talented Rie Tsuruta, one of our studio artists.

I am… Rie Tsuruta and I am…

making… porcelain table ware

rie tsuruta

seeing… landscapes


visiting… somewhere

listening to… miaowing

reading… recipes

inspired by… impressions of landscape

experimenting with… plaster carving

learning… miaowing


working with… clay

Thank you Rie! And take a look at more of Rie’s work on her website

(Images: ceramics by Rie Tsuruta, landscape by Samantha Freedman, cat by Andy Warhol)

rie tsuruta mugs

I Am… Sean Roy Parker

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Ceramic artist and friend of the studio, Sean Roy Parker shares some of the things which have been inspiring him lately…


I am… Sean Roy Parker and I am…

making… plant pots and incense stick holders


seeing… new upcycling techniques

joanna pike

visiting… DODD clothing HQ

listening to… Bassekou Kouyate

reading… Bottle Gardens and Fern Cases by Anne Ashbury

inspired by… things that look like art but are not


experimenting with… photographing my pots


learning… how to make scotch eggs

working with… friends

Thank you for sharing Sean! Take a look at more of Sean’s work on his website.

(Images: pot by Sean Roy Parker – incense holder by Sean Roy Parker – Farm House Olive Server by Joanna Pike Ceramics – photo by Sean Roy Parker – photo by Sean Roy Parker – mug by Sean Roy Parker)


I Am… Tessa

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The wonderful Tessa Eastman, talented ceramicist and tutor at the studio shares some of things currently inspiring her…

I am… Tessa Eastman and I am…

tessa cake

making… Nothing at present- researching for a project to make work about food

seeing… Art and design at Gallery 286 in Earls Court and at Royal College Work In Progress Show

gallery 286

visiting… Julian Stair Quietus at Somerset House

listening to… Radio 4 Women’s Hour

reading… The Artificial Kingdom- A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience, Celeste Olalqulaga

inspired by… Food at present

tessa food

experimenting with… Taking a found object and changing it

tessa work

learning… More about food

working with… Yr 1 students at college

Thank you for sharing Tessa! And you can see more of Tessa’s work on her website – or catch her at Gallery 286’s New Year Show until January 30th.

(Images: Tessa Eastman – Slices of Death, The Gallery 286 New Years Show, Tessa Eastman – Colourful Happy Meal, Tessa Eastman – Innocent Wrigley Life Savers)

I am… Ann!

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The lovely Ann Mercer shares some of her inspirations in a new blog post in our “I Am…” series.

I am… Ann Mercer and I am…

making… as many pieces as possible for exhibitions and shops.

seeing… wonderful autumn colours, terra cotta, yellow, red and charcoal.

autumn colours

visiting… imminently Hong Kong, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. Lots of inspiration!

reading... Wilkie Collins, “The Woman in White”. I love Gothic novels.

inspired by… Sottsass and the whole Memphis Movement.


not… experimenting much at the moment, just working to improve quality and finish of the current collection.

learning… so much associated with setting up a new business, the time that admin takes, the price of packaging and couriers and the stress of fulfilling specific orders on time!

working with… the Ceramics Studio in the Biscuit Factory and very much appreciate Leyla allowing me time to use the spray booth and kilns and her wonderful positive attitude and support.

Ann Mercer vases

(Images: autumn colours by romansolar, Carlton by Ettore Sottsass Jr, Ann Mercer’s own work)

I am… Leyla!

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We’re starting a new series of posts on the blog – sharing the thoughts, inspirations and going ons of some of the lovely ceramicists working in our studio. We kick off the first post with Leyla Folwell, founder of The Ceramics Studio!

I am… Leyla Folwell, founder of the ceramics studio – lover of people and recluse, all rolled in to one lunar effected being!


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making… sporadically, but I keep on trying.
seeing… Punch Drunk’s Drowned Man – was AMAZING! Cannot recommend it strongly enough, an experience of a life time : )
visiting… TENT London & Ceramics in the City this week!!
listening to… Pink Floyd the Wall and doing lots of reminiscing.
reading… Fearful Symmetry, my mum lent it to me and we are off for a tour of Highgate Cemetery next week so I need to get it finished!
inspired by… a black balloon floating around the ceiling in my yoga class tonight…. it was beautiful…..
experimenting with… ways to find time to get art work done, read my AN Blog here.
learning… to talk to my neighbour’s dog in Spanish.
working with… an amazing bunch of people : )

Leyla's Bowls
(images: Leyla, Leyla’s Bowls, box art, workspace)