Blue hues and earthy tones: ceramics by Charlie and Blair

Blue hues and earthy tones: ceramics by Charlie and Blair

Adrian ‘Charlie’ Smith and Heather ‘Blair’ Lockhart are the talented duo behind Charlie and Blair. Working from their home-based studio, Charlie and Blair specialise in ceramic pieces that channel their passion for the handmade aesthetic of design.

Charlie and Blair utilise quirky designs that often draw on abstract forms and doodles, resulting in beautifully unique ceramics. Their use of earthy tones combined with black and stunning blues make Charlie and Blair’s ceramic pieces stand out.

While Charlie and Blair started as a shared creative outlet for Adrian and Heather, the ceramic brand has quickly turned into a successful business that is recognised nationwide.

After the success of their #100daysofmugs project launch in our Brunswick Street Window last year, we jumped at the chance to catch up with Adrian and Heather to learn more about the creative minds behind Charlie and Blair.


Can you tell us the story behind how Charlie and Blair was established? Who is ‘Charlie’ and who is ‘Blair’?

Charlie and Blair came about one day when Adrian ‘Charlie’ decided to pick up a weekend hobby.  He was seeking an outlet that was both organic and handmade.  A hobby that started on the weekends soon turned into a great passion with Adrian creating the ceramic wares, whilst I (his wife, Heather aka ‘Blair’), paints the forms. The name ‘Charlie and Blair’ was derived from our middles names. Generally people tend to not know your middle name. We wanted our brand to reflect that somewhat elusive nature.

 

Charlie and Blair, #100daysofmugs project. Courtesy of the artist.

Charlie and Blair, #100daysofmugs project. Courtesy of the artist.

 

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Charlie and Blair, #100daysofmugs project. Courtesy of the artist.

 

What influenced you both to start creating?

Our creative abilities started at various ages. I (Heather) began creating at a young age and currently work as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Adrian, on the other hand, welcomed creativity into his life in his 20s. Charlie and Blair came about as we were both seeking an outlet that could combine our skills, so in 2014 Charlie and Blair was made. Through Charlie and Blair we are able to create decorative pieces that not only reflect our personalities but also embrace our handmade aesthetic.

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Charlie and Blair’s ceramic vases in the painting process. Courtesy of the artist.

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Bisque fire loaded with Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

Bisque fire loaded

Bisque fire loaded with Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

 

As two very creative people, I’m sure you bring different styles and influences to Charlie and Blair. How bring your creative styles together to design and create your work?

Our designs are influenced from our travels abroad. We are inspired by various wares and styles seen in countries like Turkey, Japan and Korea. We use a lot of natural earthy tones, juxtaposed with cobalt blue. Our blue hues are influenced by Sometsuke porcelain from Japan, these simple designs rendered in deep blue hues have a somewhat timeless elegance.

Our ceramics vary from plates, bowls and vases, all of which combine our own unique craft to form the final product.

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Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

 

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Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

 

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Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

 

 

Do you have any ‘words of wisdom’ for start-up creatives looking to turn their passion and creative skills into a business? 

Experiment and fail, don’t create for the sake of money or the masses, create for yourself, create a unique feel for your product. Find your niche and try and do localised market research with your family and friends. Ask for criticism and use the feedback. If you are seeking more words of wisdom, go no further than artist Chuck Close: ”Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

 

Charlie and Blair, #100daysofmugs project in artisan’s Brunswick Street Window. Courtesy of the artist.

 

How can we keep up-to-date with your latest work?

Check out our website: http://www.charlieandblair.com/ or follow us on Instagram @charlieandblair.

 

Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

Charlie and Blair ceramics. Courtesy of the artist.

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If you want to call a Charlie and Blair ceramic piece your own artisan has a range of Charlie and Blair’s gorgeous ceramics pieces in our retail store and online now!


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