Introducing: Naomi Bikis

From editor to ceramicist, we ask the highly talented Naomi Bikis where she seeks her inspiration from and get the lowdown on her favourite east London hangouts.
 

Describe your style in 3 words

Sculptural. Rotund. Imperfect

What inspired you to start designing and making ceramics?
I was keen to make something tangible again (having previously been very creative with my hands). I was working as an editor at a magazine when I took my first ceramics class and was instantly hooked.

How long on average does it take you to make one of your pots?

It’s hard to quantify! There’s the prepping of clay and the throwing. Then drying time depending on the time of year. Next up is turning the pot to refine the shape, waiting for it to dry before the first firing, glaze and then fire again. The golden rule is everything takes much longer than you think.

Bikis ceramics studio space

What design/lifestyle trends are getting you excited right now?

Beige everything. Gubi lights. Oliver GustavBut I’ve rented forever so home improvements are rare. A mould free bathroom is a trend every London renter could get behind.

Where do you source your inspiration from?

I spend a lot of time in the local library, and need that along with a sketch book to progress ideas. I am influenced by studio potters of the 20th century and 1970s furniture designers. I’ve been exploring the line between good and bad taste – glossy, sickly colours alongside unglazed raw pieces.

Your studio is based in East London. What’s the one thing you’d recommend we see if we had a couple of hours there?

Walk everywhere. Park hop from Clissold to London Fields and go get a corner of Towpath cafe along Regents canal to people watch.

Where is your favourite place in East London to have - Breakfast?

I Will Kill Again. Best. Name. Best. Food. Get the burrito.

Where is your favourite place in East London to have - Dinner?

Gujarati Rasoi does amazing vegetarian Indian and I am always on the hunt for good Mexican food in London - so far Bad Sports and Machete are my favourites.

Where is your favourite place in East London to have a - Drink?

Wolfie’s does something amazing with Mezcal.

What is your biggest extravagance?

Ceramic life doesn’t come cheap – tons of clay, glaze materials, keeping a kiln hot for 26 hours. That and ridiculously expensive face serums.

Bikis ceramic vases

What’s the most played band/song on your playlist?

I listen to Nils Frahm all the time in the studio – anything too fast and you end up throwing at the same pace on the wheel! (listen here)

Apart from Naomi Bikis who is your favourite independent designer?

There is no favourite – it’s a constantly rolling list. In fashion right now I love Rejina Pyo and elsewhere (though it’s so hard to pick just one) I am currently loving glass artist Hanna Hansdotter 

If you could spend 24 hours in any city in the world where would it be and why?

I’d rather 24hs swimming on a deserted beach, but if pushed, I’d say Tokyo is next on my list of places to visit.

What’s next for Naomi Bikis? Give us a clue :)

I am working on new glaze experimentations and throwing large vases.

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