Fodder Pop-Up

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.

Black Boom plate. Mackerel dressed in tosazu on a squid ink cracker with mustard frill.

Black Boom plate. Mackerel dressed in tosazu on a squid ink cracker with mustard frill.

Three of the courses with one of Borough Wine's paired wines. Plates by Lazy Glaze, Hackney Potter and Victoria Bridal.

Three of the courses with one of Borough Wine's paired wines. Plates by Lazy Glaze, Hackney Potter and Victoria Bridal.

Tate Late

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.

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Burberry February Show: Couture Capes

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

The Tile cape

The Tile cape was made up of a multitude of shapes all cut like test tiles to resemble Henry Moore's working process.

The Ceramic Lace

The Ceramic Lace

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.

Above, Lace Capelet with Shearling Collar. Below you can see the lace imprinted into the surface of the porcelain.

Above, Lace Capelet with Shearling Collar. Below you can see the lace imprinted into the surface of the porcelain.

A book of all of the capes is available featuring beautiful black and white images of the couture capes.

Image from the book of The Anthracite

Image from the book of The Anthracite

Henry Moore's sculptures were displayed alongside the capes, they added rich colour and grounded the show.

Henry Moore's sculptures were displayed alongside the capes, they added rich colour and grounded the show.

It was exciting to see so many of Henry Moore's illustrations and maquettes throughout Makers House.

It was exciting to see so many of Henry Moore's illustrations and maquettes throughout Makers House.

It was extremely difficult to choose a favourite out of all of the capes. The level of skills that went into all of them was jaw-dropping. Some of the capes took 500+ hours to make.

It was extremely difficult to choose a favourite out of all of the capes. The level of skills that went into all of them was jaw-dropping. Some of the capes took 500+ hours to make.

Below are a couple of the couture capes I loved.

Rope and steamed wood capes

Rope and steamed wood capes

"Each one is a unique collector's piece incorporating unexpected materials and intricate techniques."

Christopher Bailey

The ready-to-wear pieces were also all on display, I loved this shirt and The Anthracite cape was worn over the top on the runway.

The ready-to-wear pieces were also all on display, I loved this shirt and The Anthracite cape was worn over the top on the runway.

The runway how can be watched on the Makers House website here.

A still of me working on the porcelain lace cape from the craft processes video. The Cape Reimagined shows some of the processes behind the capes, watch fleeting glimpses of me working in the viedos here.

A still of me working on the porcelain lace cape from the craft processes video. The Cape Reimagined shows some of the processes behind the capes, watch fleeting glimpses of me working in the viedos here.

The coffee table book with images of all 78 capes.

The coffee table book with images of all 78 capes.

The exhibition of capes will leave London after 27th Feb and visit cities including Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Finding a box of CSM work

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. : )

Purple stained spirals of porcelain.

Purple stained spirals of porcelain.

Yellow boxy pattern in Porcelain.

Yellow boxy pattern in Porcelain.

Experiments with unglazed porcelain.

Experiments with unglazed porcelain.

Patterned test tiles.

Patterned test tiles.

Wonderland Pop Up Shop

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!

Tex and Apennine Planters

Tex and Apennine Planters

Coal, Oatmeal, Tex and Apennine Planters

Coal, Oatmeal, Tex and Apennine Planters

Coal, Oatmeal, Tex and Apennine Planters

Coal, Oatmeal, Tex and Apennine Planters

Porcelain Stripes Tea Lights

Porcelain Stripes Tea Lights

London Design Festival: State of Clay Exhibition

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.

Ceramics at Market: Ones to watch

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:

‘My work leans towards simple shapes with a graphic aesthetic; I like to create contrasts with colour, texture and pattern to decorate my vessels’

I’m quite an impatient person, so working with ceramics is challenging. I stagger my process so that there are always products at different stages of the making process, working on different things as they become ready.

I prefer precision in my designs. Glaze is the least controllable element, so I tend to paint with slips and use minimal glazing techniques. Although I like working to a plan, some of my favourite pieces have been quite impulsive and experimental, and have become products that I now make regularly.

I studied Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins. Then, I joined Turning Earth – a shared ceramics studio – in 2014, and have since become part of the mentoring team, assisting newcomers. I recently joined Clay Collective, a group of 12 potters, and now produce most of my creative work from Hackney Downs Studios.

I was always drawn to working in 3D. Nothing feels more natural to me than making things with my hands. There is something very satisfying about ceramics; I think it’s the transition that happens in the kiln. You can do everything in your power to create a specific finish, but until the door of the kiln opens, you’re never sure what you’ll get. I think this is what most potters get addicted to: the ‘kiln fix’.
— https://www.ceramicreview.com/ceramics-market-ones-watch/

See the full article here.

Lifestyle Shoot with A Rum Fellow

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.

In the image above you can see a small Parade pot and a Tenmoku Boom dish. 

In the image above you can see a small Parade pot and a Tenmoku Boom dish. 

 

 

Lifestyle Shoot

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.

ES Magazine

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.

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DIY Art Market

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 :)