Back by popular demand! This August, the Craft Scotland Summer Show will be coming to bustling Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Showcasing the best of contemporary Scottish craft, our Summer Show explores the work of selected makers and allows you to treat yourself from an affordable selection of handmade jewellery, textiles, homeware and more.
Get to know the makers with our behind the scenes Summer Show blog series; learn about their process, their inspiration and how they like to relax. Missed last weeks post with Laura Spring? Catch up now!
Today we are hanging out with Natalie J Wood!
Hey Natalie! Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, I’m Natalie J Wood. I am a ceramic designer/maker specializing in tableware. I decided to focus on tableware after a photoshoot I had with some fellow makers. At the time I was making decorative pieces and just felt there was something missing when the pieces were placed in a setting then forgotten about. Making tableware gives me the ability to make something that becomes an intimate part of people’s lives. Something they interact with on a daily basis giving the objects purpose and a strong sense of belonging.
What are you making right now?
My favorite piece from the Detsu collection is the low pourer. It’s a circular shallow vessel with a small lip for pouring. It’s my favorite piece because I use it the most in my home, especially when entertaining for dinner parties. It’s versatile and great for Meze and dips.
What do you love about ceramics?
I feel the best part of the making process in ceramics is getting to open the kiln and see if everything survived! There is always a Christmas morning feeling to opening the glaze kiln and finding finished pieces looking just as you’d hoped. There is never 100% assurance with ceramics that everything will come out the way it went in.
What's the trickiest part of your process?
It can be hard sometimes when things don’t work. Putting so much effort into something to have it not look the way you’re expecting. It’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to start over. But I find motivation in trying new things. When I feel bored I try to take a break and try something new, even if its just a sketch or throwing something on the wheel. Its good to break up the routine.
Where do you go to recharge your creative juices?
I like to have a gallery day every now and again to try and see as much as possible. It gets difficult to get time away from the studio to see everything, other than that I love film and am looking forward to catching a few things at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.
What's on your craft wishlist?
I have a long list of people who I would like to own work from. I made sure to get a piece from Myer Halliday after seeing his work at the Craft Scotland Summer Show last year. I admire ceramics from companies like Studio Arhoj, based in Copenhagen and Felt and Fat from Philadelphia, their product and brand aesthetic inspires me greatly. If we were talking more about craft and design I would love to own anything designed by Dieter Rams.
Find Natalie Wood's creations at the Craft Scotland Summer Show
Friday 5 to Sunday 28 August 2016
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat: 11:00-18:00
White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
[This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity]