Art in the Home Confirmed Artist - Becca Brown
Becca Brown is a collector of stories and old wives tales that she then illustrates onto her ceramics. Some of the ancient folklore that she is preserving for a new generation includes advice about divining true love using brambles, onions, rosemary and apples; and ‘If you catch the first bee you see in Spring in your purse, it will bring you wealth’. “I’m discovering these crazy stories all the time,” Becca says. “The other day I discovered the story behind the tradition of putting a hole in the bottom of an empty egg shell: so a witch can’t sail away in it!”
No doubt such brilliantly bonkers superstition will appear on Brown’s offering at Art in the Home: a selection of larger, slip-cast pieces and bigger scale porcelain that continues her love of story-telling and portraiture. There was just one thing we wanted to know before we left Brown's new studio in the Persistence Works building: are the characters that appear on her ceramics fictional or drawn from people she’s met? “They’re kind of made up but every now and again friends recognise themselves in them. It’s funny because sometimes they don’t want to see themselves looking like that.”
Take the opportunity to view Becca’s work as part of our Art in the Home Exhibition from the 1st - 10th November 2019 at Kommune in Sheffield city centre. Art in the Home is a selling exhibition of Mid-Century design classics brought to you by Studio 2021 mixed with the very best of Sheffield’s furniture makers, ceramicists and fine artists.
Follow Becca on her Instagram: @beccabrwn
Visit her website: beccabrown.co.uk