Meet the maker: Bea Bellingham

Meet the maker Bea Bellingham

How did you come to be a ceramicist?

I started my creative life as an illustrator and painter. After getting into a bit of a creative rut a friend suggested I come to her studio for a play with some clay - the rest, as they say, is history.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest collection?

I've been developing a new technique over the past year based on 'Spongeware', which was popular in 18th century England, but isn't really seen anymore. It's taken a lot of trial and error and modernising materials (spongey roots used to be used), but I'm super happy with how bold my patterns are looking. The collab with Leaf Supply build on my new Nimerah Tigeress pattern, but is significantly more detailed to created Lizzy Leopard planters with on average 148 individual hand-made marks on each planter. 

Do you have a favourite indoor plant?

I'm very fond of my Croton Stoplight, which is just so bright and gangly. I know it's not strictly an indoor plant, but mine is going gang busters.

How does nature influence your practice?

As I come from an illustrative background, I draw a lot of inspiration from the world that surrounds me for my patterns. I had a look back over my previous patterns and at least half have been taken from nature. My latest range includes a Cats and House plants pattern, including Monstera, Snake plant, Prickly Pear and Banana leaf. There's such variety in nature; it seems to be my first port of call when looking for ideas.

 Check out more of Bea's beautiful work here.

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