Lockdown has made many of us more resourceful than usual. Without the convenience of immediate consumer gratification, it's really forced me to hone my slow living habits. I've become more attached to the stories behind the household items we use everyday: the old green teapot that signals a work break; the well-loved coffee pot that fuels me in the morning; the vases that can house a simple stem found on a daily walk. Ceramicist Jay Frazer makes the kind of objects you'll want to cherish every day, that'll weave their way into the fabric of your daily life.
One of the best parts of running an independent store is that we get to meet makers from all walks of life who are doing their thing, honing their craft and putting passion & energy into everything they make. We get to fill our shelves with unique, handmade products, and to welcome people into the store to learn more through workshops and collaborations. This relationship with makers brings Century to life! While our bricks and mortar store is closed, we're sharing sneak peeks into the lives of those who make the products we stock, because we're all craving connection and community at the moment. So put the kettle on, sit back and find inspiration in our 'Ten Minutes With...' series over the coming weeks. Today, meet Edinburgh ceramicist Jay Frazer...
Who are you and what do you make?
I’m Jay and I make contemporary ceramics to be worn or enjoyed in the home.
What's the best thing about your work space?
The natural light! I share a big airy, bright studio in @stmargaretshs with two clay enthusiast friends. So of course, the best thing really is sharing with friends. We bounce ideas off each other and all have very different approaches toward working with clay, so it makes for a very content wee trio. (We’re @nice.mud on instagram)
Where do you find your inspiration online? And your inspiration in real life?
I’m constantly inspired by all the amazing independent makers and retailers that I follow here on instagram, each one bringing a bit of joy to everyday life! Saying that, I do like to limit the amount of time I spend in front of screens (which can be very tricky right now). Largely my inspiration comes from outdoor activity.. I love to walk and swim in the sea and spend as much time as possible out in nature around Scotland and always come home brimming with ideas.
What's helping you through at the moment?
Spending time with loved ones, handbuilding with clay and developing new ideas, yoga zoom with @leithyoga, walks on Arthur’s seat and of course people continuing to buy and enjoy my work!
What are you most looking forward to?
Getting back to regular studio days with my pals, and hopefully being able to get out of Edinburgh and into the countryside with a tent in some warmer weather.
// Thank you so much for your photographs and insight, Jay! We currently have a limited run of Jay Frazer Ceramics bud vases, available in our online store, in Tiny, Small or Medium. Each vase is one of a kind. Take a look...