An interview with ceramic designer Remon Jephcott
Amazed by the metamorphosis within fire of a lump of clay, Remon Jephcott has been hooked on ceramics ever since the first time she saw a kiln door open. We talked feminine sexuality, patriarchal society and favourite colours…
What’s the most important thing to know about you?
There is an endless fascination from working with clay; I am always surprised and amazed from the effects of glazes and the firing processes. So – most important thing to know about me – I love ceramic art!
Describe a really good day and a really bad day in the life of the Remon Jephcott.
As far as work goes, the opening of the kiln after a glaze firing can determine a good day from a bad day! I love experimentation with glazes, so each glaze firing can have either a happy and successful ending or a disastrous or disappointing one.
What inspires your ideas?
Feminine sexuality and how the female body is construed and constructed within our society and culture. The Victorian era has been an inspiration – I have been most interested in the space that women carved out for them themselves in a patriarchal society, for example ‘the 5’0’clock tea’ when women could meet and socialize.
Describe the process you go though to turn your ideas into products.
I work in collage, so I collect images and ideas and paste them into sketchbooks. The ideas for products usually come to me when I’m doing the most mundane work, like washing the dishes. Then I become very excited about the possibilities and begin to work on the ideas. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t, [but] going through this process generally leads on to other ideas.
What advice would you give to an aspiring designer?
To believe in yourself and keep going! Building up a network of like-minded artists is a great support, and can lead to co-operative opportunities.
Desert island design time; which three designed items could you not live without?
Easy – kettle, toaster and coffee-maker!
What are you most proud of?
I have just finished a three year part-time MA course at the University College Falmouth – 20th Century Art & Design, Histories & Theories.
What’s next for you?
Now I have the Masters finished I want to concentrate on my ceramic work, which has sadly had to take second place whilst I was writing and researching for my dissertation. I have recently moved into Krowji Studios, and have bought a large kiln, so to happy making times!
And, finally, what’s your favourite colour?!
Ha ha! This is the hardest question! Do I have to say just one? I do love blues, but all colours are special.
Katie Treggiden writes confessions of a design geek, winner of mydeco's Best Interior Design Blog in Great Britain and has recently published Interviews, a collection of eighteen conversations with designers. You can follow her on Twitter @coadg. Read more posts by Katie Treggiden.
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