The work I did for Burberry's February Runway Show was featured in this fun illustrative piece in Wallpaper* Magazine focusing on the quantities of things used in fashion. The Tile Cape is featured on the second page (320 pieces, bottom right on the page).
Clay Collective was approached by Michael Thompson, a chef who previously cooked at Fera (Claridges), to collaborate on a 9 course tasting menu for a 3 night event at Borough Wines on Essex Road. Michael's aim was to use locally grown and sourced food but also crockery designed and made in the area. Turning up one Friday evening with a backpack full of samples for us to try, which were incredible, we were hooked and a number of us chose specific courses to make plates of bowls for.
The course I made plates for was a starter snack of mackerel dressed in tosazu on a squid ink cracker and mustard frill. I decided to use Vulcan Black clay with a white glaze to emphasise the contrasting colours of the food.
The plates will be sold for £28 in my online shop soon. They measure 20.5cm.
Clay Collective moved studio for one night to Tate Modern for the Tate Late session on 26th May. We demonstrated throwing and hand building. With examples of ceramics at different stages, a selection of glazes and raku glazed pots.
The pop-up studio was an introduction in advance of the course we are collaborating with Tate on – Interpreting Giacometti in Clay. It is a 7 week course where we will explore Giacometti's work and produce a ceramic sculpture.
A number of my pots were used in this informative and beautiful little book on cacti by Emma Sibley of London Terrariums.
During London Fashion Week Burberry's runway included 78 couture capes. I was so excited to be asked to provide ceramic elements for use in 3 of the capes; The Anthracite, The Tile and The Ceramic Lace capes. Annabel and Tom from the Burberry print team came to me with various ideas taking inspiration from Henry Moore's process and sculptures, which we worked through and sampled. Burberry seamstresses then put the capes together and I was amazed with the results!
The Show is open to the public at Makers House, until Monday 27th Feb. Here are photos of the capes I worked on and my round up of the show.
The Tile cape was made up of a multitude of shapes all cut like test tiles to resemble Henry Moore's working process.
Macramé lace, woven in Switzerland on traditional looms, was used on many of the garments on the ready-to-wear runway. The lace was imprinted onto the porcelain clay and wired together to allow The Ceramic Lace cape to be draped over the body.
A book of all of the capes is available featuring beautiful black and white images of the couture capes.
Below are a couple of the couture capes I loved.
"Each one is a unique collector's piece incorporating unexpected materials and intricate techniques."
The runway how can be watched on the Makers House website here.
The exhibition of capes will leave London after 27th Feb and visit cities including Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
I recently uncovered a box of work from my uni days. Some of the pieces have re-inspired me to work with porcelain again. Stained porcelain can be brightly coloured and is a great medium for graphic patterned work as the clay body is so white. Here are some of the things I found. : )
I'm very excited to be included in the Wonderland Pop Up shop curation which includes clothes, bags, make-up, homeware and of course the Wonderland magazine. The shop launched earlier this week and will be open well into the new year. If you're ever in central London I would recommend you to check it out, so many treats to be bought as Christmas gifts, I wanted most of it!
State of Clay is a collaborative exhibition of Turning Earth members, hosted at the Milliken showroom in Clerkenwell. The show is open from 19-24 September.
Here you can see pieces from two collections, Rock vessels are hand-built with sections of stained clay and the newer Line vessels which have graphic sgraffito markings.
It was super cool to be included in Ceramic Review's selection of ones to watch at the coming Independent Ceramics Market. I am in great company as I admire William Edmonds, Lucy Kirk and Elliott Denny a lot. Their styles are very different to mine, which I love, I think it's that the vessels come across much more relaxed in essence!
Read the interview below:
See the full article here.
A Rum Fellow, makers of artisan fabrics, asked to borrow a number of my vessels to shoot alongside their New Colour Stories collection launching soon. I was excited to be involved as I think their fabrics are stunning, I far prefer patten to other decoration so the pairing seemed a great fit. Here's one of the images. The collection is launching during Design Week.
It was great to be a part of this lifestyle shoot inspired by artist Ernst Caramelle. In the images you can see Rock vases, Boom dish and Off Grid vessels.
Photography by Kristy Noble, styling by Harriet Lorraine Smith, paint from Fired Earth and furniture from Marden Studio.
A selection of vases and vessels are on show and for sale at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle from 3rd June - 1st September 2016.
Clay Time Article in ES Magazine 22/04/16
Very excited to be with such great company in this article on young ceramicists. One of my Mountain Beakers features top centre.
The DIY Art market has all kinds of hand made goodies, prints, cards, tees, leather goods and ceramics. I have a few new products that I'm looking forward to showing :)
I'm excited to be demonstrating my hand building technique at the Turning Earth Sale on Sunday 6th December. Come along to say hello, see my wares and also the other talented ceramicists at Turning Earth.
I will be selling pots and candles on Saturday 5th, hope to see you there!
I made this mug for a friend's birthday, she asked that it be grey and white with a large pattern.
I can make commissioned pieces if you have a colour theme in mind! Please email email@example.com Thanks!
I used blue stain to colour half of my clay to build this pot. Applying pressure fused the triangle pieces together to make a patterned slab of clay. I then waited until my clay slab was leather hard and could hold its own weight, and formed my vessel. Four holes were punched through the base for excess water to escape. Voila, my money plant has more space to grow!