It’s a lovely sunny morning perfect for tea and biscuits in the garden. So today we are getting to know Upsydaisy Craft. Upsydaisy is a ceramicist who creates tiles, pots and jewellery from earthenware clay.
How would you describe your style?
Quirky, British and colourful
Where do you work and does your location influence your work?
I work from a shed at the bottom of my garden and I am totally influenced by the birds that visit, the colours around me, the shapes and patterns fund on nature. Inside my shed I’ve filled it with inspiration, photos, postcards, flowers and my collection of Hornsea ‘fauna’ pottery
How did you get started as an artist/designer?
I’ve always been ‘crafty’ as a child I made allsorts of things from plasticine, air dry clay and fimo. Having always enjoyed arts/crafts I went off to university after school to study Contemporay Decorative Arts which I enjoyed immensely and specialised in ceramics. Since leaving university I have set up home in Nottingham and now I have my shed/studio at the bottom of my garden which is my pride and joy. I now have a website, facebook and twitter; I sell my ceramics online and through various crafts fairs in the midlands. I’m building my following up to eventually be able to rely on this full time – currently I have a day job.
Can you give us an idea of some of your creative processes?
I started making jewellery as I wanted to be able to wear my creations and I thought that the market didn’t have enough affordable colourful jewellery – so I started making some! Aside from my jewellery my designs are originally sketches, I always have a sketch book on me – doodling. These are then created in clay – either hand built or carved in lino and imprinted into clay tiles.
What is inspiring your work just now?
British nature and culture. Nature for my tiles and framed art pieces and cultures for the tea drinking and biscuit munching side of my ceramics.
Do you have any new designs you can give us a sneak preview of?
I’m working on some quirky functional pieces, I’ve started with spoon rests – these have been very popular, goodness knows what we’ve all been doing with out one! I’m also looking at a range of pots for tooth brushes, pens, things, bowls for bits and bobs. These will be out at my craft fairs this summer and online soon.
What is your favourite thing about Nottingham?
The vibrancy and energy, there’s always something going on! – Though there should be a regular Artist Market as I currently attend the one in Lincoln and it’s really popular.
The best piece of makers advice you have been given or can give to others?
You should always enjoy what you make, I really only wear my own handmade jewellery and my walls at home are covered in test pieces and original art works. Surround yourself in the things you love and are inspired by and remember that a creative mind may not always have a tidy house.