Onwards is an online outlet filled with must-have ceramics by Glasgow-based illustrator Jen Collins. Jen’s work is a beautiful mix of pattern, narrative, ink lines and bright flashes of colour. It’s her kiln-based creations, however, that we’d like to focus on in this piece.
A desire to apply her illustrative style to something more than a flat surface prompted Jen to start using hand-building techniques and brushwork to create small ceramic pieces that transformed her drawings physical objects. Carefully hand-crafted from clay and then glazed using non-toxic materials, Jen’s pottery and winsome designs featuring cute and aloof animals are a joy to behold.
Jen says that the product’s charm is in the detailing, as each piece is likely to be slightly different. We couldn’t agree more and believe that a collection of products with their own idosyncracies is both more attractive and more valuable. In addition, individual marks made by the artist really add personality to their craft. There pieces are just lovely and they’re functional to boot.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth