24.02.2014

Design Diary – Tim Grocott, NZ Ceramicist


Design Diary is a new regular series on Fancy. 
Taus Ceramic has been a long time in the making. For the last 10 years, Tim Grocott’s made his living as a TV editor. But he wasn’t fulfilled in his job; he wanted to make. Exploring different design disciplines, he decided to enroll in a night class at Auckland Studio Potters, and fell in clay-love. That was back in 2010. Since then, Tim’s been perfecting his craft, and slowly setting up his own workshop at home. In October last year – encouraged by the chance to work part-time in the Douglas and Bec workshop – he took the triple-jump leap (with an Auckland-sized mortgage) to give up TV editing for good, and launch his own business. Taus Ceramic produces simple, beautiful, functional ceramics – vases and vessels, serveware of all kinds and sizes, and even porcelain hip-flasks. 


The first thing I did this morning was…pour myself a pot of tea and sit down at the computer to colour grade some product shots.  
The highlight of my day was…Scoffing a chicken salad for dinner out of a bowl I made myself with greens and tomatoes grown from my own garden.  
A challenge in my day was… figuring out how to shape a coffee cup handle which would be appropriate for a mould, and also comfortable to use.
One thing I achieved today…finally pulling together all of the elements for packaging of the Taus Ceramic hip flasks. (With info cards and branding designed by my super talented fiance…she’s a gem.)
 If I could, I would… work with my hands everyday.
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