The Sweet Meadow

Pottering about

inspirationAishe Besim
What we a post-industrial nostalgia for the pre-industrial. In a culture with a surfeit of branding and cheap mass-produced goods, we romanticise the handmade because we yearn for quality, not quantity.
— Justin McGuirk
Assorted ceramics by  Bridget Bodenham

Assorted ceramics by Bridget Bodenham

I started appreciating the art of ceramics about the same time I started taking photos of my food (thanks Instagram). I was searching for funky props to feature in my photos and discovered the beautiful work of Victorian ceramicist Bridget Bodenham. 

Rather than limit herself to smooth, symmetrical pieces, the beauty of Bridget's work lies in its visible imperfection and lack of pretension. Her handmade pieces don't mimic a machine and are therefore more honest and genuine. 

I love the idea of working with clay - digging up a part of the earth and using your hands to create something special that will be used for years. 

As much as I'd love to have my entire crockery collection for The Sweet Meadow created by local artists, due to budget constraints I've decided to source only a few items - cups for hot drinks, espresso cups, milk pourers and side plates - from a selection of ceramicists that rock my world. 

Here's a taste of what's to come!

Ceramic pieces by Brooke Clunie, Wignut & Co, Takeawei, Dot & Co, and Bridget Bodenham.