Charlotte from Charlotte Miller Ceramics

Midday Makers

I am a ceramicist who makes sculptural humorous ceramics and quirky functional pieces for the home inspired by animals.  

I am well known for my bold fun budgie themed ceramics, but have recently branched out into other small pets like guinea pigs and hamsters.

As a child, I became a keen social observer, trawling around car-boot sales with my Dad collecting curios, mid-century kitsch and seaside postcards.  I was amused by seeing the closeness of people and their pets, so alighted on the idea of melding the two.  Thus, Brian the budgie was born out of the idea of an Elvis lover and his budgerigar.

All my work is created in my fully equipped sunny pottery studio in Bournemouth where I also teach ceramics classes.

I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan in 2000 with a  BA (hons) in Contemporary Crafts where I specialized in Ceramics and Textiles . I also have a PGCE and taught sculpture, ceramics and print making for 10 years at a local college.  In 2012 they shut the department so I set up my studio and started teaching from there and selling my work within galleries nationally.   I do few craft markets locally when I can and try and do a large craft event a year, like the Craft Festival or MADE. 

The Makers Market from home has been invaluable for online networking with other makers and to engage with your customers and followers.  It’s been a great opportunity for people to see what you do and how you do it and to continue some teaching.

You can enjoy our Midday Makers chat with Charlotte on our MMFH IGTV channel.

Check out Charlotte’s website www.charlottemillerceramics.co.uk

Instagram @CharlotteMillerCeramics

Aardman modelmaker Jim Parkyn

Inspiring Interviews

We were excited to speak to professional modelmaker, animator and Aardman expert Jim Parkyn. During our cheerful chat we discussed how Jim is keeping us all creative through his virtual model making classes each day.

Watch this Q&A interview with Jim Parkyn on our IGTV here.

Learn more about Jim’s free daily ‘Community Clay Time’ classes on Instagram and YouTube via his website JimParkyn.com.