Keith Brymer Jones

Keith Bymer Jones Book – Boy in a China Shop (UNSIGNED)

In his book, Boy in a China Shop, Keith tells the story of his life and inspiring rise to success through the objects and images that have been meaningful to him every step of the way. He recounts key moments and events as well as the people and places that have shaped him, from his childhood and early devotion to dance to discovering clay at the age of eleven, to his tough apprenticeship at Harefield Pottery and struggles to establish his own business. This memoir goes beyond the TV show to offer us a rare insight into Keith’s own philosophy and outlook on life.

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After an early career devoted to ceramics, Keith created pots and different shapes for a string of large retailers including Laura Ashley, Heals, Monsoon, Habitat and Conran. In 2008, he met his business partner, Dominic Speelman and subsequently joined MAKE International as Director and Head of Design. They set up a studio in a converted bakery based in Whitstable along the Kent coastline. Keith designs every single item on his potter’s wheel before he takes the prototypes to China to work with his colleagues at the factories. Keith visits the factories at least twice a year to meet with his quality control team on the factory floor to ensure the highest standard of quality is maintained. Every item in the Word Range is hand-debossed and checked by the quality control team at least three times. As the business grew, Keith expanded his Word Range and began collaborating with other designers, illustrators and creators to bring inspiring ceramic products to those who love design.

Keith’s Word Range has produced over 500 products and it is sold in over forty countries with a large and loyal following. To this day, the Word Range follows Keith’s design philosophy:

‘to create simple yet stylish products which are pleasing to the eye, practical in the modern home and, above all, make people happy!’

In 2022, Keith released his autobiography, ‘A Boy in a China Shop: Life Clay and Everything’, and subsequently went on a joyful tour around the UK to a sell out crowd. 2023 has certainly been a very busy year for Keith and this is likely to continue through to 2024.






H 2.8cm W 16.2cm L 23.6cm

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Hodder & Stoughton


Keith Brymer Jones





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