June 30, 2021 4 min read
Pottery has been made by hand for as far back as we can recall. This is an age old craft that is still being done today by truly talented makers, and it seriously beats the mass produced stuff. When something can be made so beautifully by hand, why buy something that’s been made a thousand times over, that countless people have in their homes? In case you need any further convincing, here’s why handmade pottery rules...
No two pieces of handmade and hand painted pottery are the same. While the maker may follow a set design, producing a number of pieces in the same style, the final outcome is always slightly different, due to the nature of human-made pieces. Unlike ceramics and pottery that have been mass produced, handmade pieces feature irregularities in shape, colour and finish. All of this adds to the character of the piece, and means that your pottery is completely unique, with its own ‘flaws’. This means you can benefit from individual design, without having to pay for something bespoke.
Take our collection of handmade pottery for example. Each piece has been individually painted by hand, making it impossible to identically replicate each design. Colourful, playful and truly unique, each and every piece has its own character and charm.
When made by an individual, handmade pottery has a certain something that the mass produced stuff just doesn’t have. The key element here is that it’s made through passion, with a love for the craft, and of course with so much creativity. The end result is a piece that’s been made very carefully, using knowledge, skill and instinct to create something unique. You just can’t buy that when an item has been made by machinery, or produced in the thousands.
Alice Fyles Ceramics is a great example of pottery that is made with love. Inspired by nature, all of Alice's pieces are individually made by hand, and mostly thrown on her potter's wheel. Alice loves what she does, and her work reflects the time, energy and passion that she puts into them.
Typically made using skills and methods that have been around for hundreds of years, pottery made by hand is designed to last. Just look at some of the examples we have of pottery throughout history - many are thousands of years old and still going strong. Handmade pottery is designed to last, to be enjoyed and celebrated for years to come.
Having an awareness of how that piece has been made means you are more likely to cherish it too. When you understand the love, time and energy that has gone into a single piece of pottery, you are far less likely to replace it, or even dispose of it. Handmade pottery isn’t a throwaway item, making it an environmentally friendly choice.
Shown through the variety of colours, patterns, shapes and general differences between each maker, handmade pottery is very much an expression of creativity. The items you choose to fill your home with is also an expression of your unique sense of style and taste, and when you find a potter that really aligns with your style, you can support their craft through a sense of shared vision and a mutual appreciation of colour and design.
Take Lucy Rutter’s pieces as an example. Lucy’s pottery uses warm-toned textured or smooth clay, which is thrown on a pottery wheel. Her colour palette is inspired by the landscape of the beautiful Kent marshes. Generally favouring a simple and pared-back aesthetic, Lucy’s designs may align with your style if you love earthy tones and natural textures.
When you choose handmade pottery, generally speaking it’s likely that this is a more environmentally friendly choice than choosing mass produced. When looking at pottery, choose pieces that are made locally, rather than something that has been shipped in, or had to travel a fair distance for a lower carbon footprint. Items that are mass produced often generate a lot more wastage too, so in choosing handmade, you can be confident what you are buying has been made efficiently, with less wastage and lower energy consumption.
Handmade in Wales, Louise Hall makes beautiful and contemporary ceramics from porcelain. If you’re local to Wales, or even just based in the UK, choosing to invest in pieces that aren’t made overseas greatly helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Handmade pottery is a real joy, and that’s something you just don’t get with machine made or mass produced pieces. Once you’ve invested in a handmade piece, you’ll quickly understand the value, as your connection to that piece differs hugely to anything you own that’s been made on a large scale. Shop our collection of handmade pottery here.
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