A Creative Life - Gudy Herder

Heart Home talks to interior stylist and ceramicist, Gudy Herder

A shelf in Gudy’s workshop is immaculately styled, and is home to a beautiful collection of her ceramics.

A shelf in Gudy’s workshop is immaculately styled, and is home to a beautiful collection of her ceramics.

Eclectic is the perfect word to sum up German-born Gudy, who has lived in Spain for the past 25 years; 20 of which she has been in Barcelona. Known for her visual styling and moodboarding workshops, Gudy has long been passing on her expertise to others. Gudy also forecasts trends and shares her finds on her blog, Eclectic Trends as well as contributing to the popular blog, decor8.

Gudy’s ceramics workshop is a haven:  "When I step into my working space, I feel immediately happy and at ease. It kind of transforms me. Everything beyond loses importance.”

Gudy’s ceramics workshop is a haven:  "When I step into my working space, I feel immediately happy and at ease. It kind of transforms me. Everything beyond loses importance.”

Setting up Eclectic Trends happened somewhat unintentionally when Gudy was attending a business class and one of the courses was an Internet bootcamp, an intense five-day session where each participant had to set up a blog. Since then Eclectic Trends has evolved into what it is today, a space where Gudy can share her knowledge and musings about interiors and upcoming trends. “My life has changed in many ways, thanks to Eclectic Trends: I have different projects that have come in thanks to the blog, I travel to events I had no chance to go to before and above all, it's about the people. I never imagined I would meet so many like-minded creative souls. It's a wonderful journey.”

Another outworking of Gudy’s passion for the visual is her debut ceramics collection, White Atelier BCN. “Ceramics is my hidden passion. My love for it dates back to the year 2000. Since then I have tried several techniques and materials. When I step into my working space, I feel immediately happy and at ease. It kind of transforms me. Everything beyond loses importance.”

For her debut collection Gudy worked with paper clay, attracted by its light and fragile nature. “It is basically porcelain mixed with paper that disappears during the firing process in the kiln, leaving a really nice texture.” Her creations are nothing short of stunning. Gentle, yet exuding strength and elegance, the textures are so intricate and in their natural all-white state each piece’s individuality shines. Ideal vessels for air plants and succulents alike, her pieces sit in the light-filled workshop. This curated and styled space is both exquisite and effortless and reflects Gudy’s passion for interiors.

For Gudy, inspiration is never far away. “Travelling and taking pictures is one of my major sources [of inspiration]. I have literally thousands of pictures. I am interested in textures, be it from old door handles in Venice, peeled-off facades in Barcelona, food markets in Brazil or textiles found in Istanbul.”

But not content with finding beauty and inspiration in the day to day life that surrounds, Gudy also values Instagram: “In the digital world, Instagram never stops surprising me. You can discover so much creative talent on that platform.”

Currently renting a workshop space with 15 other ceramicists, Gudy is finding joy in the community: “We support each other and the daily contact makes it so much fun. You share your experience, sometimes materials and the kiln, which makes it so much more flexible for all of us.” Her workshop is home to her ceramics collection – and is a space that is light, airy and full of character.

And, after spending many years travelling extensively for various projects and to attend all the major interior trade shows, Gudy savours a daily ritual of a café-con-leche on the terrace, no matter the season. Ceramics with a side dose of coffee – the perfect partnership.

A Creative Life originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of  Heart Home magazine.

Photographs: Gudy Herder   Words: Ruth Garner