FK chats to Bridget of beautiful ceramics label Bridget Bodenham. Debuting at the upcoming Melbourne Markets!
Can you tell us about your lovely label Bridget Bodenham and what we can expect to discover?
I make hand formed and wheel thrown objects in clay that can be used or worn. I’m interested in high fired bodies such as raku and porcelain and i often leave the surface unglazed. I like to expose the natural surfaces and leave evidence of hand mark making. I make a range of forms from functional to sculptural and somewhere in between! I have recently been exploring jewellery and plant vessels such as vases and hanging pots.
What inspired you to start your own label?
I love making things either in my workshop or with nature. The entire creative process absorbs me and gives me energy!
What do you love about working with ceramics? and what keeps you creatively motivated?
It’s addictive! The challenge and reward are important but the pure making is whats exciting! I am constantly reminded of how varied the material can be and to capture this in a sculptural form is always interesting.
What is your creative workspace like, and what inspires you about your surroundings?
I live and work in regional Victoria my studio is a shipping container which looks out to surrounding bushland. The animals that come and go as often as the four seasons keep me inspired.
What challenges have you faced starting your own label, and what are some things you love about it?
Consistency can be hard when working with an unpredictable material! ……the most important thing is to enjoy all stages of making and marketing and to have the time and freedom to create!
What new projects are you working on and what can we expect to see from Bridget Bodenham at the upcoming Melbourne Markets?
I’m very excited to show my work at the Finders Keepers Market for the first time! Some new forms are evolving such as hanging planter pots, mini vases, cups and saucers, new jewellery, birdy tea towels, napkins and place mats and some gold luster treats!