Day 12: Felicity Royce

I am delighted to introduce our first ceramicist (@felicityroyce on Instagram) to the community. This creative is such a huge role model to me and many others so I’m thrilled to welcome her onboard!

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
My name is Felicity Royce. Originally from Australia, I’ve been living on & off in London for the last 20 years (yikes!). I have a degree in Applied Arts (ceramics) and also completed a diploma in Art Education. My studio is at Turning Earth E2 in Hackney and I have been there for the last three and a half years.

How did you develop your practice?
I have been a ceramicist & art teacher for over twenty years, and I have exhibited both here and in Australia. I started out after university building a studio in my garden shed and working from there. A few of us (uni friends) returned to our hometown where we started various art programmes, from co-operative art galleries and studio spaces to public art work. My friend, Cinnamon Stephens (@cinnamons_art on Instagram), and I created an open studio Arts Trail where people could walk around and visit all the inner city studios and galleries that were popping up. I was picked up by galleries, sold my hand-built pieces through them and received private commissions which kept me going. I decided to go off travelling (rite of passage for Australians!) and landed here in London for a few years. Moving back and forth over the last twenty years, we have settled here and I have based myself at Turning Earth studios. I have been really lucky to have my work used in various interior design developments. I have also exhibited my work in galleries both here and in Scotland.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
Nature really informs my work and when I return to Australia, I find its bright sky and colours really influence me. Personal experience and feelings are beginning to move back into my work recently. What I love about ceramics is the way you can combine many techniques to create new forms and colours. I love the feel of clay and everything about it.

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
Providing positive role models for young people is super important to me, even more so with the power of social media. Being actively creative and not passively watching someone else being creative is a real battle. Showing my children and my students that you can be true to yourself and make a living from art is a powerful message, which I hope in these crazy days prompts us all to be adaptable, less greedy and respect what’s around us.

Please give Felicity and her chic ceramics a super warm welcome to the community by following her page on Instagram (@felicityroyce) and commenting your thoughts below. It’s been such a huge pleasure for me getting to know more about your practice and personal experiences Felicity, I’m so delighted to have you onboard.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Felicity’s work featured below you can direct message her on Instagram or visit her studio at Turning Earth E2 in Hackney, London.

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