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Fresh Shop: Charlotte Mei

Jan 24, 2013

by charlottemei

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!
My name is Charlotte Mei, and I live and work in South London. I share studio space in a Peckham warehouse with six friends I met while studying for my illustration degree. While they are predominantly illustrators and animators, I use the space to make ceramics, which I then tentatively transport to various kilns around the city. I hope to have my own little kiln one day.

 

 

 

Growing up in Bristol, my mixed cultural background influenced my visual development. I was brought up by a Chinese mother, and Eastern ways of thinking, customs and nuances have an almost mystical air in my imagination; they also serve as a source of comfort. This cultural crossover led to my interest in Eastern ceramics. I find delicate Japanese tea bowls and cobalt scenes on Chinese tableware incredibly moving, and I sometimes refer to these inspirations in my work.

 

A lot of the feedback I receive mentions that my work is “cute” or “adorable”; perhaps my work can be funny to look at, but I never made anything I thought was cute. I do wonder whether I fetishize childish comforts and funny faces, but I believe that the candid and emotional are equal in validity to more rational and conclusive ideals.

 

Ceramics is a lengthy process, reliant on trial and error, but also a very rewarding one. Although I was trained as an illustrator, I became totally obsessed with ceramics after taking an evening class. I became increasingly preoccupied with experimenting with form and how, as an illustrator, I could use clay as a medium by which to draw. My passion became equally weighted in form as in decoration, and the last few months of my degree I made hundreds of plates, figures, and pots, which I fear will now sit in my studio for the rest of my days.

 

My only wish for the future is that I am able to keep making. I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to do so thus far. In our ready-made world it is important to recognise the value of creativity, and to engage in conversation around the visual.
Photographs by Tom Mclean.

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Toast Plate
Toast Plate
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118 comments

  • creativeclassics said 6 years ago

    I love the toast plate, it makes me think of happy breakfast XD Congratulations on the feature and good luck with the shop!

  • Lanapelana said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love your ceramics. Congrats on the feature!

  • gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs. I love your plates you are going to do just fine and soon be able to get your own KIln!!!

  • gboliver said 6 years ago

    Really unique style of design, so refreshing to see. That pout plate is adorable!

  • mynthlr said 6 years ago

    Your work are beautiful and artistic! I really love your toast plate!

  • collageoscope said 6 years ago

    You are a creative soul, and I love your work! Congrats on the feature.

  • PeonyKnits said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations!!

  • AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Interesting pieces! Congrats on the feature!

  • SuzisPillowStudio said 6 years ago

    Glad to learn about your shop! Congratulations.

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Adorable!!! Love the toast and the pout plate!!!

  • katiesartandcraft said 6 years ago

    Your ceramics are beautiful congratulations on the feature.

  • mlezcano said 6 years ago

    toast plate all the way!! lovely work :]

  • Plastidermy said 6 years ago

    i love how you say that you've never intended on making anything cute when so many people see 'cute' in your work. I feel the same with some of my own work, i guess cute can be subjective as well. Lovely shop!!

  • mirta said 6 years ago

    I love your ceramics! Congrats on the feature, well deserved!

  • KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Amazing work! Congratulations on the feature:O)

  • thepairabirds said 6 years ago

    The toast plate is adorable!

  • sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • themefragrance said 6 years ago

    my bagel hearts your toast plate :)

  • pipapiep said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    Super, super cool, refreshing designs with a unique twist. Congrats on your feature + continued success!!

  • WellRavelled said 6 years ago

    I love your style!

  • FreshFromtheFlame said 6 years ago

    "recognise the value of creativity, and to engage in conversation around the visual." I so agree with you on this!

  • SamSammie said 6 years ago

    Such sweet pieces! I am new too!

  • vinylclockwork said 6 years ago

    Cool Stuff

  • xZOUix said 6 years ago

    -oh, i was just admiring this shop, like couple minutes ago :) luv, very expressive and impressive art.

  • decembermoondesign said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! I immediately recognized the Asian influence in your pieces. Thank you for sharing your story :)

  • rosamira said 6 years ago

    lovely

  • theowlshop said 6 years ago

    Love your beating heart cup <3 . Lovely shop

  • CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    Wow, how fun!

  • andreavonk said 6 years ago

    I love your toast plate, and your take on the blue and white tea pot is adorable. Welcome to the Etsy community and may you have many more years of creating and building your collection- and hopefully yoy will get your own kiln pretty darned soon!!

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Love the teapot! Congrats.

  • ThePattypanShop said 6 years ago

    Soo cute!! Love the teapot!! Welcome to Etsy!

  • GourmetHandbags said 6 years ago

    Such a fun and unique style! Congrats!

  • superveshmashina said 6 years ago

    really cool stuff!

  • ThreeBarDGifts said 6 years ago

    Love the toast plate! Congrats on the feature and wishing you much success in the future!

  • mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    There's a definite oriental influence in your drawing style that seems to blend so well with the medium of ceramics. Beautiful original work, I wish you everything you wish for yourself!

  • DewyMorningVintage said 6 years ago

    I can definitely see the Chinese influence on your pieces. I love that! You have a wonderfully refreshing and unique perspective on decorating your items. Good luck to your shop and congrats on the feature! :)

  • Lucary said 6 years ago

    I love the simplicity of some of the strokes of the paint brush. I am LOVING that toast plate!!

  • olusholaj said 6 years ago

    I love decorative plates! If only I could keep from breaking them...

  • saulebaltaa said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve said 6 years ago

    LOVE! Your art is so unique, and very lovely. Congrats on being featured. :)

  • Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully unique! Best of luck to you.

  • MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    LOVE your stuff!

  • lmouer said 6 years ago

    Love finding new shops on etsy! Best of luck! Thanks for sharing!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Love the toast plate, now, where is my peanut butter?

  • LucyRoseDesigns said 6 years ago

    Awesome work, I love the teapot!!

  • charlottemei said 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the lovely comments! I was worried everyone would think i was really grumpy from that photo!

  • emmarts said 6 years ago

    Sensational work, Charlotte! I'm thrilled. All the best.

  • RenataandJonathan said 6 years ago

    Great work :)

  • ddelesky said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and unique!!

  • ddelesky said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and unique!!!

  • ebkriley said 6 years ago

    Love the pout plate!

  • vivikas said 6 years ago

    Pretty awesome work!

  • TemporaryExhibition said 6 years ago

    Fantastic original work!

  • SewnInspirations said 6 years ago

    Love that some of your ceramics allow you to interpret them any way you like. It's as though you are filling in the blanks. Congratulations on your feature!

  • OttavaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured. Love your work.

  • nat1489 said 6 years ago

    So creative! Love the pout plate :)

  • fineartstoneware said 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • patspottery said 6 years ago

    What a fresh approach you have to ceramics. I wish you the very best♥

  • yimmekedesign said 6 years ago

    Love the little motor cycle guys and I LOVE the color in you hair!!!

  • messinabella said 6 years ago

    wonderful shop - congrats!

  • paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    so creative. i love your work, blending illustration with ceramics. congrats on the feature!

  • artdecadence said 6 years ago

    。* 。 (¯v´¯)• ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • 。* 。 •.¸.•´• ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • ☻/ /▌ Wonderful and refreshingly different! Thank you!

  • gaiadesignstudios said 6 years ago

    gorgeous work.

  • handmaderomance said 6 years ago

    beautiful work. congratulations on the feature and all the best continuing to create well into the future.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Adorable!

  • Kahinaa said 6 years ago

    Lovely works Charlotte! with a beautiful strong identity! :-)

  • iammieCLAYshop said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! :)

  • EurekaGuides said 6 years ago

    I love the naive style of the illustrations. I totally adore ceramics anyway so this combination works really well for me. Wishing you lots of success here on Etsy which I have no doubt you will have with such beautiful items. :-)

  • woods2010 said 6 years ago

    Nice work! I love that you have managed to create a unique style in the way you design your pieces. Congratulations on your feature and lots of luck with your etsy shop in the future.

  • edwardsashleigh said 6 years ago

    Beautiful things! x

  • haruaki said 6 years ago

    Super kawaii! Good luck with your shop!

  • KnitBeagle said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love your shop, especially the Toast plate - i even used it in my treasury the other day! Tea & Toast by us, Knit Beagle http://etsy.me/Wzlssn One day 1 of those plates will be mine!

  • DesignsbyNeelie said 6 years ago

    The toast plate is so cute :)

  • janicewd said 6 years ago

    Different and adorable. Very cute and original.

  • dulcegracedesigns said 6 years ago

    LOVE the ceramic toast face - so expressive! So pleased to see Peckham is going from strength to strength and attracting talented creative people such as yourself. Best wishes

  • kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!! I love the toast plate and the teapot!!! Congratulations on being featured!!!!!

  • ggalit said 6 years ago

    I'm joining the toast plate fan club!

  • kaffeekatze said 6 years ago

    the toast plate is sooo cute!

  • ArtDecoDame said 6 years ago

    The toast plate is really cute!

  • BeaumontStudio said 6 years ago

    brilliant work !

  • theMagiciansCat said 6 years ago

    Thank you this made me smile so much!!!

  • VintageChinchilla said 6 years ago

    so cute, makes me smile! :)

  • Evitala said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works! ♥♥♥♥♥ Congrats on the feature Charlotte!

  • HereandThereShop said 6 years ago

    The toast plate truly makes me happy.

  • WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    The emotional transparency and universal symbols of your illustration are at once fresh and endearing--yes, a childlike quality, but this very quality makes you work so very approachable. Thank you for sharing, and we look forward to watching you grow and evolve.

  • FoxyGloves23 said 6 years ago

    fresh images - real creativity here! Happy selling!

  • LoveButtons said 6 years ago

    I love the references to modern life in your unique work - I'm sure you will have your own kiln soon. Congratulations on the feature :)

  • 5gardenias said 6 years ago

    I fell in love with your work at first sight-- so whimsical and full of expression. I certainly hope you can get yourself a kiln very soon. Best wishes for continued inspiration and success!

  • seasidecloth said 6 years ago

    cute story - fresh and fun

  • aressa said 6 years ago

    Your style is very unique....Love it! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • PaperThyme said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Great post!

  • MaruMaru said 6 years ago

    These are really neat

  • theresaricklefs said 6 years ago

    Great shop!

  • mfrawley said 6 years ago

    Go girl. Congrats on the feature and may you make enough sales to buy your very own well deserved kiln. xx

  • StayArtisan said 6 years ago

    Interesting work... Congratulations.

  • gracearchives said 6 years ago

    That pout plate is adorbs!

  • RECCIEatETSY said 6 years ago

    Super pieces that make you smile.The toast is so cute. B;essings.

  • TheRobinsTree said 6 years ago

    The toast plate would make even a 'non morning' person smile. :-)

  • Snowdon said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous ceramics, well done on the great feature!

  • graciechai said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Love your style! Especially your toast plate. Super!

  • byDelirium said 6 years ago

    It's really nice love the toast!

  • naturalwooddesign said 6 years ago

    Very creative!! Love the toast plate too!! Good luck!! :)

  • BrittNixOfChi said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! The ceramics are very artistic and tasteful. Playfulness is a given on the surface, but there's always so much more than the surface of art! -Brittany

  • MiriamsKiln said 6 years ago

    I love your Coy Plate - and your passion, drive, and determination. I have no doubt that you will, one day soon, have your own kiln. I wish you so much luck.

  • RainbowRiviera said 6 years ago

    You're painting is so original. I love to see how your illustration is integrated into your ceramic creation. Your work is so organic and carefree. Very beautiful. Congratulations on the feature!! Much success to you!!

  • RainbowRiviera said 6 years ago

    I love how you integrate your illustrations into ceramics. Your work is so organic and carefree. It's a comfort to the eye, just like the toast is comfort to the stomach. :p Congratulations on the feature. --Rainbow

  • charlottemei said 6 years ago

    Thanks you guys! I really appreciate it Charlotte

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured, Charlotte!!!

  • savanahm said 6 years ago

    What amazing work!! I am inspired and excited from your sharing your story, not just in terms of my own craft, but also what I want for my upcoming birthday!! :)

  • motinia said 6 years ago

    فوق العاده اند!!! روش خوبی رو برای ارائه کارهات انتخاب کردی که بیشترین تاثیر رو روی مخاطب میگذاره. این سرامیک هایی که به ساده ترین شیوه ی ممکن ساخته شده با تصویرسازی هایی که از درونت بیرون اومده آدم رو ترقیب میکنه که بیشتر در مورد افکار و خلقیاتت بدونه؟! من دوستی دارم که کارهای تصویر سازیش بسیار شبیه به توست ازلحاظ اجرا و تکنیک و با دیدن کارهات خیلی خیلی خوشحال شدم و دوست داشتم حس هام رو حتما به زبون خودم برات بنویسم که این کار رو اولین باره که توی سایت انجام میدم. ممنون که با کارهات من رو ترقیب کردی تا در مورد سرامیک و لعاب جدی تر و مصمم تر فکر کنم. همیشه موفق و سبز ب مو نی ی ی ی ....

  • nitablum said 6 years ago

    so very strong and inspiring!

  • poldermoon said 6 years ago

    this is sooo adorable! :)

  • anitamieczkowska said 6 years ago

    So,so pretty.I guess Peckham is a place of your inspiration as well.Best.

  • WoodsyWools said 6 years ago

    Wonderful feature! Very unique designs, I love them...

  • lelelerele said 6 years ago

    lovely work!

  • richdon1 said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love the piece of toast. Very nice...

  • LittleBeeSquibsCraft

    Bee Squibs from BeeSquibsDesigns said 6 years ago

    really lovely work

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