Handsome Things chatted to Sarah Benjamin the lady behind Sessi Bee Ceramics.
Where are you from and how did you get started in ceramics?
I was born in Johannesburg but have lived in London most of my life. After graduating from Byam Shaw, Central Saint Martins WITH Fine Art in 2010 I moved to Cape Town with my Capetonian boyfriend. His mom, who is a ceramist, invited me to come along to the Barbara Jackson School of Ceramics with her and that’s where I learnt (and fell in love with) ceramics. I now work from the studio full-time.
Where do you get the inspiration for your quirky characters?
At first I concentrated on men with beards and hats, but now I look everywhere for inspiration and new ideas. I like making characters based on ‘regular’ people (doctors, photographers, swimmers, bakers), but my favourite characters are fictional and unconventional (vampires, Marie Antoinette, vikings, superheroes, people in animal suits), that’s when I really get to play.
I have also just made some South African rappers, Jack Parow and Die Antwoord and I’m working on London themed bowls namely Beefeaters and the Queen.
Where can we buy your ceramics?
You can find my work at:
The Fringe Arts (99B Kloof Street), The Fringe Arts Pop-Up (V&A Waterfront), Vamp (368 Albert Rd, Woodstock), Abode (The Biscuit Mill), The Pottershop (Kalk Bay), Monkeybiz (Rose Street, Bo Kaap) and in Hermanus at Pure South.
I also make customised bowls to order.
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