Thidaa, 31, architect and founder of Blue Guy Pottery
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Amsterdam but I grew up in Texas. My father is from Liverpool and my mother from Thailand.
How did you end up making pottery?
A friend suggested I should give it a go; that was just over a year ago. I was immediately hooked. I’ve always done creative things, beginning with dance as a child right up until now working as an architect.
What inspires your work?
With my ceramics a lot of it tends to be serendipitous. I’m still learning so a lot of what happens happens by chance, which is awesome.
What makes your job so special?
The surprise of the unknown. In ceramics something can alter drastically at any stage of the process.
Is there a community aspect to your work with ceramics?
Well, it’s a craft, which means knowledge has to be passed on from one person to another. My work is all bespoke, one-off pieces which means I have to have a direct interaction with all my clients. I might be invited to work on someone’s wedding or create a set of tableware for a cafe. That’s a great privilege and I love it.
Why do you think there is a resurgence in craft in the 21st century and why is that important?
The “slow movement” - which is what I think you are talking about - is important because we need time to step back from the breakneck speed we are forced to travel at with digital technology. When you’re creating, especially on the wheel, you can’t think or worry about anything else except that piece of clay. It’s simple, beautiful and, more importantly, extremely rewarding.