An interview with potter Keith Brymer Jones

Oh, go on then, I acquiesce - here's a little nod to the weekend's jubilations - an interview with Keith Brymer Jones, designer of this witty little mug. Keith Brymer Jones Punk God Save the Tea


What’s the most important thing to know about you?

I’m obsessive.

Describe a really good day and a really bad day in the life of the Keith Brymer Jones.

A really good day is spending most of it on the wheel making and designing new products, then going to the beach for a swim and fish and chips with my family.

A bad day is getting a batch of samples back from our factories and discovering they’re wrong, because I know what it entails to put them right and it’s not pretty.

JUICE Juicer Keith Brymer Jones

What inspires your ideas?

Architecture, I love shapes. I’m dyslexic so I am often more interested in the shape of the words on my products than the statements themselves.

Describe the process you go through to turn your ideas into products.

Well...! First I have to prepare some clay. Then I weigh out the clay to certain weight depending on what I want to make. Then I throw the particular shape on the wheel. Then I wait for it to dry which takes roughly a day. Then I turn the piece/prototype (this involves turning the base and the side to a smooth finish). Then I apply a handle if needed. I then biscuit fire the piece. Take it out of the kiln, and then gloss fire. Then send it over to our factory where I follow it over on a plane, and work in my studio getting the piece up to mass production standards by way of making the moulds etc. This is the short version of events by the way(!) and that’s just the ceramic products.

Keith Brymer Jones Sucre

What advice would you give to an aspiring potter?

Be completely single minded and accept nothing unless you are happy with the result, smash anything that is not right because you will look at it in future and will annoy you.

Desert island design time, which three items could you not live without?

My Dyson vacuum cleaner (I like hoovering), my phone (Blackberry) although it annoys me and a Mercedes car which I think is a design classic.

Keith Brymer Jones LOVE Bucket Mug

What are you most proud of?

Being able to delegate what I do to people I really trust. It was a learning curve and an inspiration when I joined Dom at Make to hand over certain aspects of my work to a team that do a really good job.

What’s next for you?

We will expand the brand so keep your eyes peeled

Keith Brymer Jones word tea set

And, finally, what’s your favourite colour?!

Red. Here’s a secret for you too – I always wear red socks.