Can you tell us about your background? 

Romy: I grew up in the English countryside with lots of animals. I come from a family of designers, filmmakers, artists etc. so I have always been exposed to wonderful and interesting things. At school I studied ceramics to both GCSE and A level. I went to Goldsmiths College in London and did a BA in Fine Art. 

After art school came the post trauma crisis that I think a lot of people go through! However I continued to, in some shape or form, make video art and installation through my 20s, exhibition in Europe.

When I was younger I didn't really know what I wanted, so I tried other 'careers'. I had a million different jobs, some pretty awful. About four years ago I relocated to New York, returned to ceramics and then started my own line. 

Now I'm 100% sure about what I'm doing - being in my own world all day everyday was all I could ever do. In every other role I was an imposted and my cover was always being blown! 

What was the motivation behind starting your own business?

I'd run out of options! I had exhausted myself doing other things that just made me miserable. There was always only one option for me and it is ceramics.

How important is hand made production to your creative process?

It's very important in that I work things out as I'm making them. With clay that's particularly important because the material can tell you a lot about how things should and can go. That said I'm not adverse to handing over designs and working with other artisans to realise a project. 

What does a typical day at work look like?

My work and life is interchangeable. I'm always on the hustle! I tend to work on a number of different things at the same time. I dark around from one end of the studio to the other; throwing, glazing, handbuilding, loading kilns, sorting stuff from my phone etc. I get up early, go to work early, go to bed early.

Do you have any tips for aspiring designers? Anything you wish you had known at the start?

Don't be afraid to ask for help. It's important to be open, people want to help and it's ok to not know stuff. Running your own business doesn't have to mean doing everything by yourself. Listen to your instinct, it's always right. You can say No. Oh and get an accountant - that stuff is impossible!

What are you inspired by at the moment?

My Pinterest boards! I love that place! I got into the Internet late-ish and I could never have predicted how wildly useful it would be for a career in ceramics. 

Also after I turned 30, autobiographies suddenly became really appealing. Angelica Huston's one "Watch Me" is coming out next month - so gonna get it! 

What are you most proud of in your career to date?

Starting it!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I want to make bigger work. I always had a dream of making really enormous pots one day - the kind I could fit in. 

What did you eat for breakfast?

Fruit and oats, single espresso, glass of water, vitamin B12. 

Thanks Romy! You can view our range of No. by Romy ceramics here.
All images courtesy of Romy Northover.
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