Milly Dent, Ceramic Artist & Designer

 image by Amy Piddington

image by Amy Piddington

Friend and porcelain magician Milly Dent is with us today sharing some insights. We love the way she explores the world and her creative practice, bringing new concepts and inspiration into the everyday. Thanks Milly! 

What do you do?

I’m a ceramic artist and designer – predominantly working with porcelain.

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

Not consciously, however I try to do things everyday that I enjoy. Be it make something new in the studio, try to develop a new skill or open a glaze kiln (always enjoyable!).

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

* My recent artist residency in Arita, The birthplace of porcelain in Japan.

* Collaborating with my incredibly talented friends (Evi O, Pip Stent, Flora Waycott, Claire Johnson, Stephanie Tatunchak).

*Setting up my studio and committing to making ceramics all day everyday!

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

I am currently working a new experimental series of hand built porcelain pieces. I am also working on a collaborative project with illustrator Flora Waycott as well as experimenting with cobalt pigments in glazes!

What is your dream project?

I have plenty! I want to work with a glass artist to make some porcelain – glass sculptures. Also, I want to organise an immersive dining event, a unique eating experience in a non traditional setting where the food is the artistic medium, and I create custom ceramics to suit all foods, picture a tablescape of ceramics and food. Not sure where that’s going but when I figure it out I want to make it happen!

 Image by Alana Dimou

Image by Alana Dimou

What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?

For some unknown reason my brain stores almost all song lyrics, even songs I don’t like, and I love the underwater world! The seaweeds, corals and animal life – I love to scuba!

What places are important to you?

Japan for me is an incredibly inspiring place. It’s magical, inspiring and delicious! After my recent residency there I learnt many things that I had not otherwise considered, including the fact that the process is as enjoyable as the outcome. And to focus on what is happening in one moment as opposed to what will happen next. I’ll also always have a soft spot for the Sydney coastline, and Brisbane too – that’s where my parents are.

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

Yes! Pretty much since I started my studio I managed to find my people! I’m very lucky in the sense that my communal studio brought some amazingly talented woman into my life.

How can we find our more about your work?

You can shop at millydent.com, or find my day to day makings on Instagram @millydent.

Who would you most like to answer these questions next?  

Bronte Wright.

 Styling by Bettina McIlwrath, image by Amy Piddington

Styling by Bettina McIlwrath, image by Amy Piddington

 Image by Alana Dimou

Image by Alana Dimou

Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?

A visit to Teshima Museum in Japan was prolific and really stuck with me. I have since been back, and felt the same way the second time around!  The way nature, art and architecture all come together so effortlessly seems to stop the time, I could sit there all day!

What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?

Reading - Aparmento Magazine, Listening – Conversations with Richard Fidler!

What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?

Access to affordable studio space! Anybody reading this have any leads for me?!

What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?

My herb garden - it’s looking great.

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

Keep at it! Aesthetic and style develop with practice.

 Styling by Alicia Sciberras

Styling by Alicia Sciberras

 Styling by Alicia Sciberras, image by Luke Byrne

Styling by Alicia Sciberras, image by Luke Byrne