Rose Schmits is a trans ceramicist from Delft, the Netherlands. Her ceramic work is inspired by her experience as a trans woman and her heritage as someone who hails from a city with a rich pottery history.

The most recent series of work involves porcelain vessels seemingly having sprouted spidery legs and tentacles ready to scuttle away. The lively vessels function as a commentary about the changeability and variety of bodies, as well as exploring a different approach to ceramic practice. Rose’s studio at the Oxo Tower Wharf is set up as an open studio, displaying both the pots and the process that goes into their creation. With her potter’s wheel positioned against the window of her studio, the pottery craft is celebrated and put on display.

Rose joined the Great Pottery Throw Down in its fourth series as the studio technician. Find her studio in Unit 2.01, on the second floor riverside of the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank.