Local Creatives: Laura Bird Ceramics

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Local pottery genius, Laura Bird has of course graced the digital pages of It’s Nice That, sold out in Anthropologie* and taken her seat at many a London arts market since starting her career in ceramics.

It’s no surprise she is well loved: her unique and gentle humour exudes from every jar, planter and candlestick holder, adorned with cheeky expressions and impish grins. Smirking at you with a side glance, try having a Laura Bird candle on your window shelf for a day and you’ll struggle not to smile right back.

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There’s a dreamy, mystical underbelly to Bird’s cast of characters

I happen to have a long limbed, fat-yet-pointy Laura Bird dog on my mantelpiece, who watches over my daily shenanigans with a knowing gaze. It’s amusingly comforting. But what about the more practical of Bird’s creations?

Imagine replanting your succulent into a furry eyebrowed planter, holding it’s face by two big ears and giving it a cold wet smooch on it’s bendy full lips of a morning. Or how about serving up your olives on a smooth oval eye plate, slowly revealing it’s glare with every mouthful? I like the thought of keeping my change on a Bird swimming pool tray and making a wish with every flick of a coin into the glazed bath below. There’s certainly a dreamy, mystical underbelly to Bird’s cast of characters. With a penchant for Mayan and Celtic mythologies, her curious creations reflect this love for a spellbinding tale.

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Although radiating nonchalance, each piece is painstakingly adorned with carefully curated patterns and glazes inspired by the illustrator and ceramist’s exotic travels – their unique forms steeped in ancient art and African sculpture research.

Whilst Laura Bird will be joined by her ceramic crew at art markets in Peckham this May, you can also find her at the DIY Art Market and Independent Ceramics Market in Stoke Newington on September 16th and 17th, from 11am – 6pm at Abney Hall and Epic Dalston.

In the meantime, most of the pieces on her website are available to buy at her shop. For commissions, get in touch at laura_bird@live.co.uk

Photos c/o Bird’s instagram. Check it out and keep up to date with all the new characters. 

*Bird made 345 mugs for the 2014 Holiday Season at Anthropologie by herself, by hand. In a matter of weeks. Watch this animation of them all spinning around before they were shipped off to America. 

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