In the Hands of the Potter

Lydia is an artist who works across the fields of art and design. Her recent artistic focus has been on creating pots in a range of forms and designs, including some inspired by ancient Cypriot pottery. Outside of work, Lydia has also dabbled in creating her own Mycenaean Psi-style figures for friends. As an artist educator and qualified teacher, she has undertaken educational projects with many galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts, Whitechapel Gallery & Camden Arts Centre.

Can you tell us about yourself and the art you create? How did you first get started in ceramics?

Whilst studying sculpture at art college, I had the opportunity to spend a month in another department. I chose ceramics, and after a week of working with clay I decided to switch courses! I later studied for a master's degree at the Royal College of Art in London, specialising in ceramics. My ceramic practice spans across the fields of art and design, from functional tableware through to abstract sculptural works. Currently I am making a lot of pots, which I find to be wonderfully ubiquitous and fundamental human made forms.