My day in cups of tea

WE ASKED POT­TER KARA LEIGH FORD TO DE­SCRIBE HER DAY IN CUPPAS

The Simple Things - - CAKE IN THE HOUSE - KARA LEIGH FORD makes pot­tery from her gar­den stu­dio in Som­er­set. Find her at kar­aleigh­ford­ce­ram­ics.com or on Etsy and Folksy. Her sim­ple thing is sum­mer days spent at her favourite Devon beaches.

Good morn­ing, where are you this morn­ing?

In a tiny old black­smith’s cot­tage in a ham­let just out­side Bath, where I live with my hus­band and two res­cue cats, Flora and Luna. It’s a fan­tas­tic lit­tle com­mu­nity full or cre­atives and ec­centrics.

And can we get you some­thing to drink?

Cof­fee! Freshly brewed with a cof­fee whitener and a spoon­ful of honey. If I’m feel­ing right­eous, I’ll have a cup of hot wa­ter and lemon in­stead.

Tell us about what you do.

I’m a full-time pot­ter, mak­ing pot­tery and table­ware in­spired by the Devon coast­line where I grew up. I used to have a com­mute of over an hour, so I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that my job is now just 10 steps to my stu­dio/shed in my back gar­den.

So straight to it in the morn­ing?

I’m a night owl, so start quite late at 10am – morn­ings are spent do­ing emails and catch­ing up with my or­der book, then I make in the af­ter­noon.

We’ll get the ket­tle on and help you get go­ing.

Ooooh, Earl Grey please, with soya milk, no sugar, made in a hand­made teapot.

Are all your mugs hand­made, too?

I’m try­ing to re­place all my crock­ery with hand­made. As well as mak­ing mugs I also col­lect mugs by other potters. My favourite’s by a Scot­tish pot­ter called Ju­lia Smith, I love her work.*

What’s for lunch?

Nor­mally home­made soup, or left­overs from last night, eaten it in the com­pany of Ra­dio 6 Music.

What do you like to do to switch off?

I am an In­sta­gram ad­dict. I fol­low a lot of potters, such as @flo­ri­an­gadsby, @tor­tus_ copen­hagen and @sarah­pike­pot­tery. Pot­tery is such a warm, sup­port­ive com­mu­nity, there are very few egos.

Time for one last cuppa be­fore the end of the day. What do you fancy?

A cup of co­coa, snug­gled up on the sofa.

* As fea­tured in The Sim­ple Things, is­sue 47.

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