The Simple Things
My day in cups of tea
WE ASKED POTTER KARA LEIGH FORD TO DESCRIBE HER DAY IN CUPPAS
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.