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Meet the Maker – Lucy and Jane Ceramics

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Meet the Maker – Lucy and Jane Ceramics

Lucy and Jane Ceramics create handmade ceramics with a quirky and sometimes nostalgic feel. Originally a duo, it’s now just Lucy creating away in her garden studio, making hand thrown and hand-built pottery full of character. Here she talks to fellow Folksy maker and jeweller Max Pring about her creative background, her making process and the importance of community over competition…

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Lucy and Jane Ceramics

To me, it makes a difference if everyday items make me smile or tell a story, so I try to incorporate small quirky playful details that customers can discover as they are using them.

Lucy, Lucy and Jane Ceramics

Hi Lucy, it’s so lovely to meet you. Could you please introduce yourself and your Folksy shop?

Hello Max, nice to meet you too. It was great to find out a little more about you in your ‘Meet the Maker’ interview. I’m Lucy from Lucy and Jane Ceramics. I am the designer and maker of handmade ceramics that have a quirky and sometimes nostalgic feel. Most of my pieces are made to use and enjoy, from cups to tealight candle holders, but I also model small animal and village sculptures.

Lucy and Jane Ceramics

Have you always enjoyed pottery? 

I have always enjoyed using my hands to create 3D objects and have memories of making models from the well-used plasticine at nursery school. I was introduced to clay at secondary school and had the opportunity to try my hand at sculpture in the 3D design studios at art college in my mid-20s, although my degree was Fashion/Textiles.

In 2015 I was reintroduced to clay when my friend Jane asked if I would like to join her on a short pottery course at our local adult education centre. My husband bought me a potter’s wheel for Christmas that year too. Jane and I caught the bug, and then spent a few days on a residential throwing course, which spurred us on to buy a kiln. From there, Jane’s other work commitments grew but I carried on with the little business that we started together.

Lucy and Jane Ceramics

Who or what influences you?

I draw inspiration from anything and everything around me, including retro pottery, my garden and all creatures great and small. I’m also influenced during the making process and often find that what I set out to do changes shape and colour as I create. I love to see how scale can alter a piece, for example a tiny mouse on a large pot.

Lucy and Jane Ceramics

I draw inspiration from anything and everything around me, including retro pottery, my garden and all creatures great and small.

Lucy, Lucy and Jane Ceramics

I love that you make unusual and quirky characters that are practical too. Can you tell me about your design process?

If I see something that gives me an idea, I write it down on the Notes app on my phone, or jot it in a notepad or my sketchbook. I think of the practical uses of ceramics – how a piece feels in the hand and the size, weight and scale – to fit a practical use. To me, it makes a difference if everyday items make me smile or tell a story, so I try to incorporate small quirky playful details that customers can discover as they are using them. Once I have the bones of an idea, I set to work with clay, and often find the piece changes during the construction.

What’s your creative space like?

I consider myself extremely lucky to now have a small studio in my garden that my husband built for me during lockdown. I originally worked from a small space in our garage and my kitchen table before this, so I’m grateful to have my own space with a view of the garden.


What is your favourite part in the process of making your ceramics?

I think it’s the variety of processes that I really enjoy, which means I never get bored of making. From wedging clay, throwing and trimming pots, to pulling handles, hand building, sculpting, decorating and glazing. There are endless possibilities with each process and the learning never stops. If I had to choose one it would be throwing on the wheel – it feels like magic to do, and I could watch other potters for hours.

Lucy and Jane Ceramics

What’s your favourite character you make and why?

When Jane and I started our clay journey we made little pots with robins and since then I have made a variety of birds including bluebirds, owls and ducks. We have two cats at home, so these are always fun to make too. I also enjoy making grumpy brown bears that like to slouch against a tree stump or handle. I have a new bear idea in the pipeline for Christmas, along with tiny angels that like to appear around this time.

Lucy and Jane Ceramics

I appreciate the perfect imperfections and individuality in handmade that can’t be found with mass-produced pieces.

Lucy, Lucy and Jane Ceramics


How important is handmade to you?

Handmade is so important to me. I love to see what other makers are creating. I appreciate the perfect imperfections and individuality that can’t be found with mass-produced pieces. I also know how much time, care and hard work goes into each item.

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I see from your social media that you share and support other makers and things like #justacard. How important is this to you?

The communities here on Folksy and at Just A Card are very important to me. All the small businesses I have come across are a real support and I believe there is space for everybody. I’m happy to find that this can happen without the need for competition. I try to buy handmade online and from independent shops whenever I can, and I’m always pleased by the quality and craftsmanship.

Outside of making, describe your perfect day…

It has to be a day at the coast with a swim in the sea, a cup of tea, and fish and chips! My children range from 12 to 22 years old and we all love to spend time at the beach.

Lucy and Jane Ceramics

And finally, what are your two favourite items in your Folksy shop?

I would choose my cup with a bunny and hand painted flowers, because I love a cup of tea and the little robin tealight candle holder that doubles as a herb stripper.

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Max Pring Handmade Jewellery Wales

Meet the interviewer

The maker asking the questions this time is Max Pring, a jeweller and metalwork artist based in Wales, who has been honing her craft over the last 14 years.

Shop Max Pring on Folksy – https://folksy.com/shops/MaxPringJewellery

Read more about Max in her Meet the Maker interview – https://blog.folksy.com/2023/09/04/max-pring-jewellery

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