Helen Johannessen

Email: johannessenh@regents.ac.uk
Subject(s): Film, Media & Performance

Professional Biography

Helen has been a part time visiting lecturer since 1999; in 3D Design at Buckinghamshire University and Creative Thinking in Business at Regents Business School (since 2005).

She set up her own design practise in 1997 and combines the running of her ceramic business (Yoyo Ceramics) along with teaching. She has a studio in central London where works on realising her designs and commission projects for other businesses. She has designed a number of successful ranges and has business arrangements with other companies who manufacture and sell for her. ‘Ceramic Notepad' is licensed out to a UK company and distribution has been on a large scale; Liberty's, M&S and John Lewis, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Trust and The Design Museum to name but a few.

Helen brings her life experience of working in the real creative world into Regent's University London; the students can access this knowledge and her network of professional design businesses in London along with her enthusiasm for the topic.

She is also involved in mentoring schemes (Princes Trust) assisting start up businesses and voluntary work with unemployed women in East London.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, 2001
  • BA (Hons), Ceramics, Middlesex University 1995      
  • Foreign Studies, Statens Handverk og Kunstindustriskole, Oslo, Norway, 1994

Relevant Past Employment

  • February 2005 – current, Part-time lecturer, Business Design Communication, Regent's University London, London 
  • February – July 2007, Part-time 3D Design lecturer (maternity cover post), Hammersmith & Westminster College
  • 1999 – 2005, Part-Time Visiting Lecturer -3D Design, Contemporary Furniture, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, High Wycombe                                
  • 1997 – 1998, Model maker -films include:-Lost in Space, The New Avengers, Entrapment Shepperton Film Studios.
  • 1995 – 1997, Mould maker and model maker, C.P Ceramics, London