I didn’t set out to become a potter. I was always artistic but left school unsure of what I wanted to do, so I got an office job close to home which set me on a path of corporate work. I was well suited to it and worked hard, initially in graphic design and marketing, then progressing to management and eventually directorship roles. Through work I met and married my husband and suddenly, with two small children, I realised that the career I thought I loved made me stressed, disconnected and unhappy.
Simple, imperfect vessels for your home.
”My ceramics, I hope, reflect a simpler way of life. Valuing time to sit, relax, reflect and spend time with loved ones, sharing meals and making memories.Rebecca Williams
Then, by chance, I saw a card advertising a pottery workshop. It would be four hours that would change my life! After a brief introduction to basic techniques and with a few very wonky pots left drying, I came away invigorated and inspired.
Pottery became my hobby for three years and whilst I was growing increasingly sick of spreadsheets and meetings, I started to sell the things I was making. That people liked and wanted to buy my work was more rewarding than anything I had done in my professional life. I knew I wanted to do this full-time and in 2017 I left my job to see where my journey with clay would take me. I became a potter.
It has taken to my 40s to realise what I wanted to be and I couldn’t be happier. Working with clay every day has made me more grounded and fulfilled. It’s helped me to slow down and value the small moments that bring real meaning to life. It has shown me how handcrafted things can enrich our everyday lives. It has reconnected me with childhood memories; of carefree summer days spent shell collecting and rock-pooling on the beach where we lived. Coastal life and the changing seasons are the things that inspire my work. From shapes and textures to colour and pattern.
Handmade pottery is wonderfully tactile and the feel of each piece is so important to me. I leave rims on my bowls raw and unglazed, showing the natural beauty of the clay. The seams on my handbuilt mugs are left visible, telling the story of their creation. Dimples on pinch jugs are both handle and maker’s handprint. The shape, colour and texture of each piece is unique.
My pottery, I hope, reflects a simpler way of life. Valuing time to sit, relax, reflect and spend time with loved ones, sharing meals and making memories. Accompanying you in precious moments in your life and becoming part of your own story.