About Keith Brymer Jones
KEITH BRYMER JONES
I’m Keith Brymer Jones, a born and bred Londoner and a potter by trade.
Many people know me as a judge on TV shows like the Great Pottery Throw Down & The Victorian House of Arts & Crafts but my real job, and my passion, is ceramics. The first bit of ceramics I ever made was a pottery owl, when I was 11 years old. The process of pottery gave me a sort of sense of escapism.
It was then that I knew I wanted to be a potter and, after a brief stint as the lead singer of a punk band (!), that’s just what I did, becoming an apprentice for Harefield Pottery in London at 18. This is where I really learnt how to use traditional hard graft to make modern ceramics. After my apprenticeship I started out at my first studio in Highgate hand-making all of my ceramics for lots of retailers including Conran, Habitat, Barneys NY, Monsoon, Laura Ashley, and Heals. It was then, about twenty years ago, I began to develop the Word Range for the first time. I was originally attracted to words because of their shapes; the bucket mug ‘hot’ is my favourite because of how symmetrical the word shape is. The range has now grown to include over 80 different words that I hope will bring smiles to people’s faces!
My design philosophy is a simple one; I like to create stylish yet simple products that are pleasing to the eye and, above all, are practical in the modern home and make people happy! For me, less is more!
The Word Range
Originally inspired by my own struggle with dyslexia, my Word Range started out as a handful of mugs and has grown to include kitchenware, homeware & tableware. With clean styling, a hint of vintage, and a large slice of humour, the Word Range features individual mugs, plates, teapots, gravy & measuring jugs, flower vases, a butter dish and so much more. There are even a handful of wonderful gift sets.
My working life now revolves around my studio in Whitstable, Kent, which is housed inside an old bakery. Here I hand design every Keith Brymer Jones item (oh yes, it’s all very hands on!). I also throw shapes on my pottery wheel here for other designers in my job as Head of Design at MAKE International, a leading retailer of designer ceramics, with a wholesale division. It is in this role I have been lucky enough to collaborate with amazing designers and brands like Scion, Jane Foster, Tatty Devine, National Trust, Bert & Buoy, Sukie, Hokolo and Becky Baur.
Once I am happy with each shape I have thrown on the wheel, I then travel to China with the finished prototype, where I work with our great team on the factory floor to ensure the products we mass produce maintain the same standards as the ones in my studio back home. All of the pieces in the Keith Brymer Jones ranges are then finished by hand.
On the Telly
I am very excited to be back on your TV screens with Series 3 of The Great Pottery Throw Down. The new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down is on Channel 4 with the first episode going out on 8th January 2020. We kick off with twelve passionate, amateur potters who will strive to create their most intricate and imaginative work, while competing to stay in the game.
The Great Pottery Throw Down 2020
I am very excited to be back on your screens with the Great Pottery Throw Down on Channel 4. Starting
KBJ Collaboration with the National Trust
The Keith Brymer Jones National Trust Collection is a colourful range of six mugs, partially-glazed in clean & understated hues. Keith created the colours to reflect the dramatic coastlines, wide open landscapes, historic architecture and treasure trove of arts & antiques that he discovered while visiting National Trust locations.
I’ve even done a few videos singing about my ceramics and how I make them, which you can see here! I hope you enjoy!
I love making things
A little bit about how lucky I feel to have been able to make my living from doing what I love.
National Trust Collection
The story of my range of colourful, partially-glazed ceramics in clean & understated hues created for the National Trust.
Nothing Compares 2 Keith
Ever noticed how beautiful Noel Fielding’s eyes are? Check them out in in this bit of fun we made together.
CLAP ALONG WITH KEITH
Channeling my inner Pharrell Williams with this, shot between Whitstable & China.