Meet the Maker | Tracy Dixon Ceramics

We love discovering new makers, especially in the world of ceramics. We stumbled across Tracy Dixon’s enchanting, pared back designs on Instagram (have you seen her feed? Click here if not) and are already hooked on their timeless, clean aesthetic. We managed to grab five minutes with the ceramicist to chat all things porcelain, photography and where she envisions her brand in five years time…

#1 How long have you been working with Porcelain and what was the starting point for your career? How did you discover this was what you wanted to do?

“I was fortunate enough to get an internship working for Illyria Pottery in Oxford. It was the best thing I ever did. It gave me the experience and confidence to open my own studio. Initially I worked with Stoneware, it’s much easier to throw with than porcelain. However as I started to see my designs come to life I knew instantly that Porcelain was the right material for me to work with. I made the transition earlier this year before I launched my website.”

#2 Tell us a little more about your brand and what a general 9-5pm day involves for you…

“Tracy Dixon Ceramics is a small studio at my home in Wiltshire.  I’m in the studio most afternoons for 4-5 hours. However it’s not unusual for me to be working late in the evening or setting my alarm for an early start to check on the kiln. It never really feels like work because I love what I do.”

#3 What is your vision for the future of your brand? What makes your work different?

“I want to continue designing and creating a small collection of affordable work for people to enjoy. I think good design and handmade should be available to everyone. I would like to focus a little more on hand-building and maybe even some ceramic art.

My work is different in the sense that I don’t think there are many Potters or Ceramic Artists that make with such a limited amount of materials. I only work with Porcelain and I never colour my work with glaze. Every piece is porcelain white and I use a transparent glaze on the inside so the piece is functional.”

#4 Where do you sell your work? How would one get hold of a piece?

“I release small batches of work every 2-3 months on my website.”

#5 Talk to us about your design and creation process. Where do you find inspiration etc.?

“I’m inspired by clean lines and neutral colours. Each piece should sit easily amongst the rest of the interior. I focus on contemporary living but I hope my work is still relevant in years to come.”

#6 If you could collaborate with a brand or another maker, who would it be and why?

“Over the last few months I have been working on a made to order tableware collection. It would be amazing to see it come to life and work with a cook or chef.”

#7 Where do you envision the brand in five years time?

“There’s a couple of Independent retailers I have my eye on that I would love the opportunity to work with and maybe design something for. I’m currently experimenting with some art so it will be interesting to see wether that is something I continue with.”

#8 What’s the best thing about working with ceramics?

“Working with clay forces you to slow down. It has taught me how to be patient. And then there’s the creative freedom to make whatever I like. I don’t really work to a plan, sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to make until I step into the studio.”

#9 If you weren’t working with ceramics, what do you think you would be doing?

“Before ceramics I was a photographer. I still love photography and I haven’t stopped taking photos. I would probably be doing that full time.”

The Quickfire Round

#1 Natural or metallic? “Natural.”

#2 Minimal or glam? “Minimal.”

#3 Pendant light or chandelier? “Pendant.”

#4 Tea or coffee? “Tea.”

#5 Perfect getaway? “Weekend in Rome.”

#6 Favourite book? “Tin Man by Sarah Winman. It’s a beautiful love story and It reminds me of Italy last summer.”

#7 Favourite way to relax? “A long dog walk.”

#8 All time favourite film? “Too many to choose from.”

#9 What would your ideal day of relaxation consist of? “A long walk, coffee with a friend, an afternoon in my studio with the radio on and dinner with the family.”

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