Phoebe Smith Ceramics: The uniqueness of the handmade.

Phoebe Smith is a ceramic artist living and working in Bristol, where alongside teaching she runs her own practice making bespoke one of a kind homewares and made to order tableware.. All work is made on the potter's wheel in small batches to promote the uniqueness of the handmade and can be tailor made to commission.


Who /what is your inspiration? I take inspiration from everything and nothing! I'm driven most by a desire to learn my craft intimately and get better with every piece I make. My love of the the outdoors especially the coast very much informs my colour pallet but its not about trying to represent nature in a literal way.

How did you get to where you are today? Hard work and shear bloody mindedness, I'm quite self critical when it comes to my work, which can be tiring but also helps me make the right decisions at the right time.

What task do you prefer to delegate? I'd love to delegate studio maintenance to someone, especially in this time of constant cleaning but sadly this is still a taks I perform.

If we asked you to pick your favourite product, what would it be and why? I love the round vases I make, its so satisfying when I get the form right. It can be very tricky and many find their way to the scrap pile which makes the ones that survive even more satisfying.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened since you began your journey with Phoebe Smith Ceramics? Not sure that there is one particular thing, the fact that I keep surviving and growing as a business each month is amazing though.

Which famous person would you love to buy your products and why? Not sure this is ever something I have thought about! Im very happy when anyone shows and interest.

Do you prefer sketchbook or laptop? I work in both, I find each very usfull in their own ways.

Which is you favourite process  - Design or Make? Make, every time.

What do you use everyday that you wish you had designed? Not sure there is anything in particular, although I am always impressed with other peoples enginuity.

What constitutes your perfect day off? A lie in, a walk on the beach and a delicious dinner.

Do you have a favourite small brand you are loving at the moment? I love the work of jeweller Yvonne Gillhooly and am saving up for one of her beautiful cuff bracelets.

What profession other than your own would you like attempt? 

Furniture carpentry or glass blowing.

Do you have a studio playlist? 6 musicTea or coffee in the studio? Tea, get too jittery on coffee.

What can we expect in the future? More of the same I hope!

Many thanks to Phoebe for taking the time to answer the questions.

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