Bridget Bodenham has made a name for herself creating quirky ceramics. An artist for the Instagram age (she boasts over 50,000 followers), her speckled platters, polka-dotted teapots and mugs, gilded ring dishes and her planters on little feet have earned her a loyal following.
Working with clay, stone, raku (a type of traditional Japanese pottery), and porcelain, she creates an eclectic array of vessels, dishes, platters and implements in neutral tones with splashes of cobalt blue and metallics. Elegant, yet whimsical, its easy to see why her work has garnered such popularity. Inspired by the bushland that surrounds her studio, and her childhood by the sea, natural motifs are common in her work, giving each object an organic, touchable quality. These are pieces you instantly want to hold. The handcrafted quality is evident in Bodenhams work even a collection of bowls that on the surface look the same, on closer inspection the unique details become apparent.
Despite their impressive aesthetics, Bodenhams ceramics stay true to tradition with the majority having a functional purpose. Her jewellery is statement making (were particularly fond of the earrings), and while worthy of being in a gallery, her mugs and teacups are an easy way to bring a little art into your usual breakfast routine. The dainty footed planters would make a particularly beguiling edition to any windowsill or bookshelf.
Her studio is a converted shipping container, set amongst the vegetable garden and chook run in Daylesford, Victoria. Her interest in ceramics began while still at school, and she went on to complete a Diploma of Ceramics. Her ceramics have now been featured in magazines such as House & Garden, Real Living, Country Style and Gourmet Traveller, and shes worked on exclusive collaborations with the likes of the National Gallery of Victoria.
If youre keen to see more of Bodenhams work, she regularly sells her work at design markets such as Finders Keepers and holds pop-up shops in collaboration with other creatives. Or you can shop via her online store. Keep an eye out for when her next studio open day will be, and pay her a visit to get greater insight into this intriguing creative mind.