From sketchbook to final design, there’s a delightful humour running through Hannah Turner’s illustration style. Her colourful fifties-inspired ceramics and kitchen textiles offer a quirky take on rustic style, perfect for modern country homes – we love her new sunflower collection!
What made you want to become a designer?
I’ve always been interested in art and get a lot of pleasure from making things. I grew up in the countryside surrounded by animals, which then became my subject matter. I chose to do a degree in ceramics and sold pretty much all of my show pieces, which spurred me on to set up my own business. I found a studio space and got started!
Describe your work space.
I work from a studio in the garden of my Bristol home. We built it three years ago and it’s a very rustic wooden building. I love the commute to work down by wobbly brick path!
What’s a typical working day like for you?
I’m usually at my desk by 8:30, where I deal with a lot of the admin side of things. After that, my day is very varied, which I love. Today I’ve been making moulds for some new fish designs and have been decorating salt and pepper prototypes for my next collection.
What inspires your designs?
Old ceramic shapes and patterns, retro textiles, comic book illustrations from the 50s and 60s… all sorts really! I love going to antique fairs to pick up inspiration – the latest was a very kitsch oil painting of some grumpy looking cats!
What do you love about what you do?
The variety, it never gets dull. I also get a real thrill from seeing my ceramics in lovely shops around the UK. Being stocked in Liberty was a real career high for me.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
Stylised, fun and colourful.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I have a little fantasy about a restoration project in Italy somewhere… spending time in a warmer climate would be good! I would still like to work on my ceramics, but with a little more time off to feel creatively inspired and recharged.