East London Ceramics: Blue Guy Pottery
More lovely ceramics! Today's post is looking at the work of Thidaa Roberts, aka Blue Guy Pottery. Originally trained as an architect, Thidaa began making ceramics in 2013 and founded her brand a year later. In addition to her studio in East London Blue Guy also takes part in the odd pop-up shop - some of the photos below show her making her pottery in real time at Shinola, a shop based off Carnaby Street in Soho.
[Above photo: Rebecca Jane Callaby]
Everything sold in Blue Guy's online store is made by hand by Thidaa in her studio. A chunk of clay is spun on the wheel, the design slowly refined as it turns, the end result hardened through bisque firing and then finished with a coloured glaze. It would be possible for her to make several pieces at once, increasing output, but instead Blue Guy produces the pieces one-by-one. For Thidaa, part of the charm of her work is the unpredictable variations between each production run. This element of serendipity gives individual differences to each object, meaning each is one-of-a-kind.
[Immediately above: Rebecca Jane Callaby]
Thidaa has now launched private ceramic wheel throwing classes in her studio, so that customers can learn to create their very own clay objects. In addition to her online shop she also offers bespoke commissions, for those who have an idea for a one-off gift or need a full collection of homeware for a bar or café. You can contact her, and check out the items currently available in her shop, via her website.
[All four above: Rebecca Jane Callaby]
All photos courtesy of Blue Guy Pottery except where credited.