Helen Bean Ceramics – New Found Love

“I thought clay must feel happy in the good potter’s hand.” ― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Sometimes one really doesn’t have to look very far to find beauty and new things to fall in love with, and also sometimes beauty can be found in the simple things in life. I’d like to share with you my great new findings and new found obsession –  Ceramics.

I actually didn’t realise how much I loved ceramics, until I have spent just over a year, with my now a great friend, Helen, at the Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg. Watching her come with new creations every Saturday made me realize that it really is amazing what hands can create just from one’s imagination. Her hand work is astonishing really and draws a minimalist like mines attention very quickly. From crooked vases, large skull printed bowls to jewellery bowls, cheese platters and soap bowls, I just fall in love with it all. 

Helen Bean of ‘Helen Bean Ceramics’, is such an amazing lady, filled with so much character and joy, and has been running her brand for 3years now, she says she started the brand after her husband had gifted with 1-month pottery lessons, after she had spoken to him about expanding her skills in mosaic, after she had been specifically doing ceramic inserts in mosaic.

My new favourite creation from her is the wall flower pockets and the one line drawings by her daughter, and I get baffled when I wonder where she draws her inspiration from, so I had to ask her. “This might seem obvious or sarcastic in a sense, I take elements from reality… so nature mostly. I wouldn’t doubt that, I mean she makes elegant imperfect bowls and cheese platters which feature the Protea flower imprint in the middle. Helen says she would love for her brand to grow and become a household name and I foresee her getting there.

Check her Instagram out, she is also available every Saturday at the Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg. 






Thandazo is a digital content creator with a focus on fashion and lifestyle. She recently completed a Content Creators Cohort Programme with Digify Africa and LiveMagSA. She has experience in the media industry and is currently working as a Digital & Content Marketing assistant at Adclick Africa. You can follow her at @mehloe on Twitter and Instagram.

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