Nantyfelin Pottery - Jamie Herschel

Nantyfelin Pottery - Jamie Herschel

Tell us about what you make

An eclectic mix of pottery and ceramics

Jamie at Nantyfelin PotteryWhat inspires you and where do you find that inspiration? 

I’m not sure I am inspired as such. I just have a long list of things I want to do but the older I get the longer the list gets.

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of being an artist or maker?

My favourite part of making is when I have time and space and no deadlines to fulfil. Just having the time to make with complete relaxation.

What does being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail mean to you? 

Being a member of the Ceredigion Art & Craft Trail is the most complete way I know of keeping abreast of what other artists and craft makers are doing. I most enjoy the interaction that often takes place when we meet for shows or similar events.

How do you manage a work-life balance as an artist/maker?

There isn’t a balance at all. Every day is a series of things that must be done and I just work through them until the next day when it all just repeats. That however is as I like it. The thought of having nothing to get up for is not one I could entertain.

What are you working on at the moment?

Mostly getting a full range of our domestic ware together with a new glaze we have been working on over the winter. 

How do you know when your work is finished? 

My work is never finished and I don’t think it ever will be. There is always something to do to whatever is happening in the workshop.

What is the biggest challenge of being an artist/maker? 

Knowing what value to put on my work.

What advice would you give to new artists or makers at the start of their creative journey? 

Be prepared to work for not too much money for a long time.