The first word that came to mind when I discovered the modern handmade ceramics collection from Julie Damhus was restful. I’m pretty sure that most of us don’t think of ‘restful’ and ‘ceramics’ in the same breath. But how else do you explain the uncomplicated designs and calming hues that Julie uses to create these fab pieces? You must take a minute or two to examine this great collection, but first check out our interview with Julie below. Let me know what you think of the collection in the comments below.
What inspired you to begin your modern handmade collection?
I am inspired by the simplicity and clay’s ability. I always seek the boundaries of the clay and my own. I’m also inspired by trends in furniture and fashion.
Describe your creative process. Where do you start?
It always starts in my head, I can go and think about something I would like to try. When I can imagine how it should look like, I get to the wheel and start working on the first prototypes. The best ideas come in the work with the clay.
How do you maintain your creative drive?
It is my curiosity to find out what I can and what the clay can do. I would also like to follow the trend and constantly develop my products.
About the designer: Julie Damhus is a Danish product designer and ceramist graduated from the Kolding School of Design in 2014. With design as her background she meets the world of ceramics with a pure and simple style.
The ceramics are hand thrown and therefore every product is a unique piece with its own life and small details. The process of throwing requires concentration and attention to develop each product. The idea is that every cup and every jug must be unique but match the others things in her production. Julie Damhus works according to classical throwing techniques and traditional craftsmanship within the manufacture of ceramics.
What materials do you love to use?
I love working with clay, it’s an exciting process and the material can change a lot. You can work with shape, texture and colour in so many ways.
Every product has a story. Is there a story behind one of your pieces that stands out to you?
The first series in ceramic I made was a school project. I was brand new in designing products in clay, and my thoughts was to keep the design very tight and simple, so the clay and the colours could be the beautiful thing in the series. It is the series that sells the best today.
Do you have a dream collaborator?
My dream is to start my own production; of the things I wheel thrown myself. I also collaborate with some other companies and it provides a different kind of design that is also exciting to work with.
About the collection: The ceramics are hand thrown and therefore every product is a unique piece with its own life and small details. The process of throwing requires concentration and attention to develop each product. The idea is that every cup and every jug must be unique but match the others things in her production. Julie Damhus works according to classical throwing techniques and traditional craftsmanship within the manufacture of ceramics.
The colours and shapes of her ceramics originates always out of desire to experiment with the clay and its possibilities – the style is often feminine and simplistic with an edge and fine details that surprise in the form of a special curvature of the design or a shine in the glaze.
What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker?
TIME – i need time to make, especially if I also would like to have time to develop my designs. The ceramic process takes time and around the ceramic comes packaging, selling, sending, exhibitions and networking.
How do you use social media and blogging to promote your work?
I use especially Instagram to show my work, my process and a little bit about myself, my surroundings and my family. It gives my ceramic a story about where it was made and by whom. I also collaborate with lifestyle bloggers and food bloggers to show my ceramic in new ways.
“For me, ceramics is a sense of an alluring surface and shape which one wants to use. An honest and natural craftsmanship where aesthetics is the focus. I continually try to take my ceramics in new directions, and therefore each season will also reflect my development of new designs which are based on current trends, but most of all based on what I believe and hope you need for your home.”
Where do you see your shop/project going?
Right now I work to scale my business up. Until now I have been wheel throwing everything myself, but because there are so many orders in now, I cannot follow and must say no to dealers. That’s why I’m in a process now where I’m about to find a skilled potter who can help me.
What are you working on right now?
I’m designing eggcups, a lemon squeezer, a coffee funnel and bigger objects, they will be more like one pieces.