TEA AND A CHAT
Stella Baggot, AKA Atelier Stella, makes amazing ceramics, but she never intended to be a potter.We hear her interesting story...
Meet the ceramicist behind Atelier Stella
With their characterful shapes and quirky faces, Stella Baggot’s instantly-recognisable ceramics have built up a cult following, with new batches regularly selling out within days. However, despite her success, she became a potter completely by accident.
After studying graphic design at university in Derby, Stella moved to London where she worked as an illustrator at a children’s publishing company, and took up pottery classes for fun in the evenings. “My job was amazing and I really loved it,” she recalls. A few years later, in 2011, she decided to take a stall at Renegade Craft Fair. “I just thought I’d sell a few pieces as a way of getting rid of all the work I’d accumulated,” Stella says. “But it went really well and I ended up featuring on a couple of design blogs.”
Enquiries flooded in, so Stella set up an Etsy shop and worked on products in the evenings and weekends, until the pottery eventually took over. We popped to her sunny seaside studio for a look around and a chat about the unexpected turns a creative career can bring.