Designers and makers: A chat with Taz Pollard

May we introduce you to Taz Pollard a potter from Devon and one of our recent discoveries.

Where is your home town and where are you based now?

My home town is Barnstaple in North Devon and despite plans to move to London after University I still live in North Devon but in a little village on the edge of Exmoor.

What’s on your bedside table?

Hand cream and a pen. Hand cream because working with clay makes your hands really dry and a pen because I get my best ideas in the middle of the night.

What homeware item do you seek to find the perfect version of?

Mugs. Tea and coffee taste so much better out of a decent handmade mug, my favourite are the two that taper in at the top. I am so busy that I often forget that I have made a drink and these two designs keep the tea hotter for longer.

What have you made that you are most proud of?

Yellow Daze. I love the combination of form, colour and plastic wire. It is a fabulous piece which very quickly found a home.

What is your background? How did you get into ceramics?

I was lucky enough to do a GCSE in ceramics at secondary school and I have been making ever since. Most recently I completed an MA in ceramics at Bath Spa but I remember from my first day at school there was a class making with clay and that was all I wanted to do.

Describe your design process:

My design process involves sleepless nights and lots of problem solving. Ceramics is a very technical subject so getting from bright idea to finished product can be tricky but that is what I love the most about what I do.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

We had a similar situation recently where my kiln was giving off very high levels of CO so we had to evacuate the house in the middle of the night. You really don’t think about anything else other than getting your family out, nothing else matters.

Describe your style in three words:

Bold. Quirky. Neon.

What is your current obsession?

Neon flocking. It’s amazing stuff, I have to restrain myself from flocking everything.

What does the future look like?

Exciting, I have had an amazing amount of work since completing my masters and I can’t wait to see what the next project will be.

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