Hello, I’m Hannah Turner and my business is Hannah Turner Ceramics. I started my company in 1991 after I finished my degree in Ceramics in Bristol. I decided it was the right route for me when my degree show sold out. The theme was taxidermy and how we display animals in our home. I created ceramic figures of black crows and before I knew it, my pieces were all sold and I was taking commissions. I decided to carry on my art and started creating in a workshop in St George where other ex-students rented. I continued to design and create my ceramics until 1999, where I then took a break to have my wonderful children. Coming back to my business in 2001, I started work on lots of different designs. I now work from my workshop in my back garden.
My designs are quirky and comical, as well as inspired by the 1950s bright colours. I work mostly in 3D sculptural and ornamental pieces. However, I also design screen prints and surface pattern design. I cast things using slip casting, and then create the surface prints using ‘Illustrator’ on the computer, rather than hand painting (as I once did). These graphic illustrations have a 50s should be 50s feel and are inspired by childhood books and ceramics of this era.
My products have been ordered by Liberty and Anthopologie in the last few years, which is very exciting. And I am also stocked in Anthropologie stores in the USA and so my designs are available across the pond.
You can find my products online (www.hannahturner.co.uk), in shops nationwide or at my workshop. I am also featuring on the North Bristol Arts Trail in November and have lots of new designs in the pipeline. Looking forward, my business is growing and being in central Bristol has helped me to focus on its development. I am currently designing a textiles range and expanding my kitchenware. A lot of my designs are functional, yet still look fantastic on the breakfast table!