We are thrilled to be collaborating with our friend and fellow magic maker Blue Firth of Dohm Ceramics. Dohm Ceramics an experiment in design, ritual and clay.
Made by Blue Firth, it is an exploration of magic and the every day. Each item is hand built or thrown in small batches from a studio in Nottingham, UK.
We visited Blue at her Nottingham Studio to discuss rituals, practising magic and making in simpler, slower way.
When was the first time you felt called to do what you do?
I had finished my MA at the Royal Academy Schools and moved out of London into some woodland, in West Sussex. In all honesty I was totally lost and burnout. I think I was looking for a simpler, slower art practice. I stumbled across a small note in a bookshop for pottery classes. Tuesday mornings became the best day of the week, I’d fallen totally in love with clay.
Who, or what, has been your greatest influence?
My friends, and the Many Moons Workbooks by Sarah Gottesdiener. These fundamentally helped me to consolidate a personal magical practice into my daily life. People wise the work of Beatrice Wood and Niki de St Phalle and the historian Ronald Hutton.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Lighting incense and pulling a tarot card in the morning and burning candles in the evening.
What clothing do you wear to work in?
My studio is cold, so I end up wearing many layers, and lots of wool. I need to be able to wear clothes that feel comfy and can get grubby.
What’s your view from your workplace? What does it smell like? What can you hear?
I work in a Victorian warehouse in the middle of a ring-road. There isn’t really a view, but the light is always distilled and soft. It smells of clay, cut wood and incense. I listen to my friends NTS show Time is Away in the studio accompanied by the sound of traffic from outside and wood cutting from the woodworkers next door.
When you aren’t making art, what else do you make?
Food, design and magic. I still work as a freelance designer and I lecture at Nottingham Trent University. I enjoy helping people communicate visually and practically, through print, web design and teaching witchcraft through clay. I also make a podcast about contemporary witchcraft called A Common Craft.
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?
Change my routine, go for a walk, stop working. Something that empties your mind. I love looking at interiors, the worlds people build for themselves. It makes me feel like I’ve travelled somewhere and been introduced to someone new.
Our Ssōne x Dohm Shop collection is available to purchase here
Blue wears our Patchwork Laurent Blouse
Photographed by Ella Gradwell