In 2015, Arcadia Scott took a six-week class at Northcote Pottery Supplies, and decided she had found her calling. She’d spent the years preceding following ceramicists on Instagram, collecting pieces she liked, and dreaming about one day doing something like that itself.
‘On a whim, I attended wheel throwing classes and felt an immediate reconnection to that creative energy I had spent so long quashing,’ she says. ‘To this day I pinch myself that I get to do what I do and immersed in an industry that I have long yearned for after all these years.’
Attending steiner school throughout her adolescence and growing up with an incredibly artistic mum and grandmother, a nourishing creative environment was what Arcadia was missing in adult life.
‘After that I just spent every spare moment I could practicing and honing my skills and making many, many mistakes,’ she says.
Unshackled by formal study, Arcadia creates pieces that are textural and intuitive, realised in earthy hues and blushing pastels. Her mugs, planters and tableware found an immediate audience in the local creative community.
Arcadia spends each day in her glorious studio at the wheel, glazing pieces, or hand-carving the surfaces of fluted pieces. It’s her dream gig!
‘Despite the smoke and mirrors of Instagram, it’s not always sunshine and happiness running a creative business so I am truly grateful for the support I receive from the community,’ says Arcadia. ‘It has taken me a long time to realise that being creative is my happy place and I hope that always shines through with my pieces.’
It truly does.
Shop Arcadia’s pieces here.