East London Ceramics: Blue Guy Pottery

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Thidaa Roberts

More lovely ceramics! Today’s post is looking at the work of Thidaa Roberts, aka Blue Guy Pottery. Originally trained as an architect, Thidaa began making ceramics in 2013 and founded her brand a year later. In addition to her studio in East London Blue Guy also takes part in the odd pop-up shop – some of the photos below show her making her pottery in real time at Shinola, a shop based off Carnaby Street in Soho.

[Above photo: Rebecca Jane Callaby]

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

[Rebecca Jane Callaby]

Everything sold in Blue Guy’s online store is made by hand by Thidaa in her studio. A chunk of clay is spun on the wheel, the design slowly refined as it turns, the end result hardened through bisque firing and then finished with a coloured glaze. It would be possible for her to make several pieces at once, increasing output, but instead Blue Guy produces the pieces one-by-one. For Thidaa, part of the charm of her work is the unpredictable variations between each production run. This element of serendipity gives individual differences to each object, meaning each is one-of-a-kind.

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

[Immediately above: Rebecca Jane Callaby]

Thidaa has now launched private ceramic wheel throwing classes in her studio, so that customers can learn to create their very own clay objects. In addition to her online shop she also offers bespoke commissions, for those who have an idea for a one-off gift or need a full collection of homeware for a bar or café. You can contact her, and check out the items currently available in her shop, via her website.

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Rebecca Jane Callaby

[All four above: Rebecca Jane Callaby]

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Thidaa Roberts

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Thidaa Roberts

Blue Guy Pottery. Photo by Thidaa Roberts

All photos courtesy of Blue Guy Pottery except where credited.

Lucy Meek
Lucy Meek

Lucy started writing Decorenvy as a scrapbook to record ideas when she began decorating her own place in 2013. Her frustration at the lack of alternatives to high street brands and catalogue decorating has since seen it evolve into a sourcebook for unusual and interesting design, complete with tours of beautiful homes and the occasional ill-advised DIY project.

2 Comments
  1. I had my first pottery lesson last Saturday – it was a disaster! Has given me a renewed respect for potters though for sure. There’s a bunch I’m obsessed with at the moment, you should check out Tilly Hemingway and Lazy Glaze.

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