Hi there, I am Tarryn and together with my brother, Craig, we run a small batch ceramics studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I am a Pharmacist by profession with a deep love for creativity. As a child, my pencil cases overflowed with coloured pencils, crayons, koki pens, stamps, and even glitter glue. I absolutely loved being artistic and creating things with my hands.
So, it’s no surprise that as an adult I longed for a creative outlet.
One year into adulting and working at my first company I decided to find a new hobby. I heard about pottery classes through a family friend and decided to give it a go. Let’s just say it was love at first touch. There was something about working with a clay medium that just sparked so much joy and excitement for me. The feeling of being able to create something out of nothing with your bare hands is indescribable. I remember the first time I got to see my first ceramic bowl I made, I was so proud and in awe of myself. I mean I made that, me!
Two years later Craig joined the pottery classes and he too loved the creative environment. It was the perfect creative escape we needed to help us cope with our everyday stresses. We would completely lose ourselves in the moment and just focus on what we were making. It was as if all our worries just melt away for those few hours.
I knew from the very moment I started pottery, that this was it. This was what I wanted to do with my life. Unfortunately, being so young and having just qualified, this option wasn’t on the cards for me, well just yet anyway. So, I persevered with my career and pottery remained a hobby with once-a-week evening classes.
As time went by, I kept having this overwhelming feeling like I was meant to do more with my life. Like I was meant for greatness. And with that, the urge and desire to do pottery full time just kept getting stronger and stronger.
Fast track seven years, in which I learnt a great deal on both a personal and professional front, I finally listened to my inner voice and decided to jump into the pottery space full-time. I am so grateful for my professional career; it was nothing short of amazing and insightful. All the experiences and lessons learnt along the way helped to prepare me for the next chapter in my life. The Pottery Chapter. Since being in the pottery space I have never felt more at peace than I do right now. It all just feels right in the most authentic way.
Craig and I now get to call ourselves Ceramicists and we get to do what we love every single day which couldn’t make us happier.