We once wrote a blog post on our top 5 Instagrammers, but R. rightly pointed out that to narrow Instagram down to just 5 accounts that we love is a bit ridiculous. While we don't maintain the diehard love of Instagram that a lot of kids do nowadays (we still remember a time when no-one took pictures of their food), we are constantly amazed by the power it provides in terms of putting yourself/your product in front of a global audience.
In light of the above, we thought we'd make a #T5Insta series of blog posts (even has it's own hashtag [insert winky face]). First up is ceramicists.
Yes, ceramics. No, not food.
There is an Instagram niche for everything. For you mums and dads out there, essentially this means there is almost a kind of global forum linked together with tags - 'hashtags'. Now if you are an avid user you will know there are bigger niches i.e. popular things to post on Instagram - I'm talking #1 being Food, but also a big niche is selfies, as is pictures of girl's bottoms, dog pictures, beautiful landscapes, you get the gist. Smaller niches - and usually the most interesting include the like of sourdough bakers, ceramicists, apron makers, and in other un-kitchen-related niches I imagine, flower arrangement, appliqué, old textbooks and whisky (more research needed).
Anyway, shall we:
1. Jono Smart @jonosmart - Jono is up there at the pinnacle of the Instagram pyramid for UK ceramicists, and with 37.5k followers at the time of writing, you get an idea that he is pretty talented at what he does. Jono's signature (for a layman like me) is using a spectrum of earthy greys whites and blue-greys to create simply designed cups and plates. if you like to follow food stylists and the like you'll often see his signature tea cups sneaking into different shoots, they're a model of uncomplicated beauty.
2. Kira Ni @kira_ni - Kira Ni is a potter that I have been following for a while, one whose style I admire, and interestingly, the only account on here that I have bought a piece from! With 12.4k followers, I can totally believe how she has grown such an amazing following. Her signature 'seagull' jugs (one of which I own, see title pic) are, well.. have a look at how great they are for yourself.
3. Eunmi Kim @eunmikimpottery - Eunmi, with just under 6k followers featured on our Top 5 Instagrammers blog we wrote here. She has a clean, modern take on pottery and one day, in my dreams, I will commission her to make everything for Smoke & Salt.
4. Stine Dulong @skandihus_london - Stine is a London-based, Danish ceramicist with 23.7k followers. Some of his pottery is too colourful for my personal tastes, however he has an amazing way with creating lines and textures in his ceramics. Another interesting sidenote is that he collaborated with the Perilla Dining (check them out here), some good friends of ours, to create a small range of plates for them to use at their pop-ups.
5. Lisa Russell @lunaceramics - Okay, I confess, I just stumbled across Lisa while doing some research for this piece, but wow, this Brisbane ceramicist, with only just over 1k followers seems like one to watch. From what I can see her pieces sit right between earthy Scandinavian and old school glazed stoneware and yet seem so modern, clean and inviting. I am interested in knowing more so let's get following, and she allegedly has a website coming soon...
PS> I thought I'd interrupt A's discussion to drop-in an interesting project called Turning Earth. For those wanting to take part in classes an learn how to create some of the beautiful pieces of craftsmanship seen here you should stop in on this Hoxton-based studio, created for experts and those new to the craft of ceramics. They offer studio sales of pieces created in-house (Next studio sale 18/19 June, 12-6pm), masterclasses and more for the budding enthusiast!....12k users can't be wrong!