KEITH BRYMER JONES
I’m Keith Brymer Jones, and a potter by trade.
Many people know me as the judge on TV shows like the Great Pottery Throw Down & The Victorian House of Arts & Crafts but my real job, and my passion, is ceramics. The first bit of ceramics I ever made was a pottery owl, when I was 11 years old. The process of pottery gave me a sense of escapism.
It was then that I knew I wanted to be a potter and, after a brief stint as the lead singer of a punk band (!), I became an apprentice at Harefield Pottery in London at 18. This is where I really learnt how to use traditional hard graft to make modern ceramics. After my apprenticeship, I started out at my first studio in Highgate hand-making all of my ceramics for a variety of retailers including Conran, Habitat, Barneys NY, Monsoon, Laura Ashley and Heals. About twenty five years ago, I began to develop the Word Range for the first time. I was originally attracted to words because of their shape; the bucket mug ‘hot’ is my favourite because of how symmetrical the shape of the word is. The Word Range has produced over 500 products and it is sold in over forty countries. I hope it brings a smile to people’s faces!
My design philosophy is a simple one; I like to create stylish yet simple products that are pleasing to the eye and, above all, practical in the modern home and make people happy! For me, less is more!