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. ImperfectWhat inspired you to start designing and making ceramics?
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.
What design/lifestyle trends are getting you excited right now?
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?
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.
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?
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.