Meet The Vendor
Lyn Ang, LA Ceramics
Next up in our regular 'Meet the Vendor' series is Lyn Ang, the creative force behind L A Ceramics.
My work is all about making everyday items that are both beautiful and functional. The sense of making something that is both aesthetically pleasing and useful lies at the heart of my ceramics. That desire to interweave form with function is definitely influenced by my architectural training. I'd find it an anathema if my work simply sat decoratively on a mantlepiece! It's made to be used, and to bring joy in the process.
I'm a creative person, but don't know where that creativity came from - my parents had very down to earth and non-creative careers. Having said that, we were quite a literary household, and painting was also encouraged. At school, I discovered that I loved literature and art, but I was too afraid to try and pursue a life in those fields. Architecture seemed like a happy medium where I could exercise a degree of creativity yet make a living.
I'm both a ceramicist and an architect. People sometimes ask whether doing both means I'm less committed to either one, but I don't feel that way at all. The two disciplines inform each other in interesting ways - they are all about taking an idea and realising a vision.
I discovered ceramics completely by chance. My partner gifted me a ceramics taster session one Christmas, and I was hooked. I love that ceramics allows for a different creative freedom in contrast to the discipline you need to be an architect. There is an immediacy and a much shorter gestation period between an idea and a product with ceramics. I still find it immensely rewarding seeing pots coming out of the kiln.
Three years ago, I moved to Bristol from London, and simultaneously set up an architecture practice and a ceramics practice. It's not been without its challenges, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic, but it's also been the most rewarding thing I've done. As the architectural practice grows with the addition of a business partner, the ceramics practice has also grown through Pantree and like-minded supporters. I feel fortunate to have found work that I enjoy immensely.
Throwing is meditation in motion for me. At the end of the day, I love making pots, and hope people enjoy using them as much as I've enjoyed making them.
As told to Mark Jones, October 2021
You can find Lyn’s work as ceramicist on Instagram @1.a_ceramics , and as an architect at https://www.piquantcollective.co.uk/
You can explore Lyn's ceramics below. You'll also spot us using them to serve our recipes!