Franny Owen has done many things extremely well in her career but she has found her metier in studio ceramics which she returned to relatively recently and is making with exceptional passion and fine results. Her clear idea of what she wants to achieve is matched by a fluent and exciting ability.
Franny studied Visual Communications at the London College of Printing and then worked as painter and filmmaker Derek Jarman’s PA during the early development of his film Caravaggio. During her career in TV she progressed from Researcher to Associate Producer in arts documentaries until the arrival, in quick succession, of her three daughters. While they were small Franny took a pottery course at City Lit.
In 1998 Franny and her family moved from London to South Somerset and then to Lyme Regis, where Franny established The Broad Street Restaurant. In 2010 the family moved to Bridport and Franny took an MA at The Tavistock Centre in London, following which she worked as an Independent Advocate.
In 2016, inspired by a trip to Japan, Franny resolved to get back to ceramics and took classes with Tim Hurn at Bettiscombe, Hector Mavridis in Thessaloniki and a masterclass with Akiko Hirai at Lisa Hammond’s Maze Hill studio. Since 2017 Franny has focussed on developing her ceramic practice in Bridport.
“Currently I make vessels because they are a foundational form, integral to our human narrative and I am interested in ideas of containment. As an Independent Advocate I spoke up emphatically for the people I supported and now my vessels speak quietly for themselves. I intend the tactile qualities of my work for everyday use, and for the presence of a decorative piece to have emotional resonance. I am aiming to create moments of beauty that evoke visceral feelings of pleasure.”
Franny’s work can be viewed below and bought over the phone t: 44 (0)1308 459511 or by email email@example.com. We are happy to ship ceramics which we send very well packed but not insured in order to keep costs down. Please note measurements are of height by diameter at its highest and widest point.