A Hummingbird flying, an Angelfish swimming or a Damselfly resting on a flower are some of the themes that Tiffany has explored so far in her work. She views each piece as a three dimensional drawing and a window into the magical world of many different creatures.
Each ceramic form she makes is unique and is drawn onto and cut away freehand using the technique of Sgraffito and coloured clay slips. Her decoration evolves naturally and is built up over many days with different stages to create the desired final finish. Intrigued? So were we here at House of Coco so we went along to find out more…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
I started to specialise in Sgarffito and clay slips on my ceramics in 2001 and became a full time ceramic artist in 2012. My desire to create is a compulsive one and discovering Sgraffito allowed me to pair up my two loves of drawing and clay work.
Whats your background?
I took A levels at school and went on to study art at three different art colleges in the south of England. The last three years of my higher education were dedicated to ceramics. From here I worked in a small pottery in Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight for two years before moving to my present home 15 years ago and setting up my current studio.
How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
We are very small and the team consists of myself and my partner Mark. I make all the pieces from start to finish by hand, from the drawings and designs, throwing of the forms to the decorating and firing. Mark takes my photos, built and manages my web site and helps with anything else the business needs.
If you could start over with the business, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think so as with creative businesses it has to flow and the pace of the work sets the pace of the business growing.
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
I think it has been trying to educate galleries and buyers about how I create my unique work and trying to get that work and personal life balance right.
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
I am vegan
2016 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
I have several exhibitions already planned and I shall be taking part in the ceramic show Art In Clay for the first time in November.
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
Having an article published in Ceramic Review and this year being awarded a certificate of excellence from the Craft & Designer awards 2015. Being a runner up in the Fine Art Competition run by Agora a New York based Gallery.
Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
Doing your own thing
Best thing about London to you?
All the amazing galleries, museums and shows to see
Statement shoe or statement bag?
If you had to, what piece of clothing from your wardrobe would you wear everyday?
My black skinny jeans
Favourite love song?
Barbra Streisand ‘evergreen’ love theme from A Star Is Born
Best place for a coffee?
Bar Italia, Soho London
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
Follow your dreams
Ryan Gosling films
If you could spent 24 hours in anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
I hope to be showing my pieces overseas, to enter more high profile art competitions and to connect with the right audience
Find out more about Tiffany and her work…