Polly Fern is a freelance illustrator and ceramicist. She lives in a pink Georgian house on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, where she creates her illustrations and ceramics from a studio in her garden. Polly takes her inspiration from local, historical and childhood stories.
Illustrating and translating her work into one of a kind vases, platters and plates, each piece is designed, handmade and finished in her studio.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety of projects I get to work on. Whether if this is an illustration commission for a magazine, working on my ceramics, developing my range of products for the home, or painting a mural. Because I work with such a wide range of mediums it means the possibilities are endless when it comes to the projects I am able to work on. I feel very lucky being able to diversify my working week!
Where's your favourite hangout?
I mainly work from home and live in a small market town on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Its important for me to escape and get out to see friends so I love to hangout at this coffee shop In town which sells delicious homemade pastries, cakes and serves the best coffee. It is just a window with a couple of small tables out the front, so you get to see everyone in town and chat to passers by. Its a town where everyone knows each other, its lovely!
What's top of your playlist right now?
At the moment I am constantly listening to Wolf Alice, Orville Peck and Ezra Furman. I have a very eclectic taste in music.
What's your most loved piece in your wardrobe?
A very tricky question, I have so many pieces in my wardrobe that I adore. The most worn are my Blundstone boots, as I find they are suitable for me to wear all day, for work, walking the dogs or going out…
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I would say maybe 20 pairs… I’m not sure if that is a lot?! I always think I am quite minimal when it comes to owning shoes. I love those trusty pair of shoes that when you find you know that you will buy again and again. For me its all about comfort as well as style, there is nothing worse than an uncomfortable pair of shoes.
What do your Rogues say about you?
I think they show my passion for handmade items. They are fun, creative and playful!
Photographed by Lisa and Neil.