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Exploring Glaze / London Design Festival – Review

OUR FIRST EXHIBITION OF STUDIO GLAZES

This year’s London Design Festival brought together the first collection of reactive studio glazes that have been in development since our move to Stoke-on-Trent three years ago.

What many initially saw as heresy – glazing over the pristine white china of the Potteries, we saw as an opportunity to explore techniques that could emphasise the qualities both of Stoke-on-Trent’s  bright white china and of the rich colourful glazes.

CURATING THE EXHIBITION

Working collaboratively with Elementary’s owners, Kotaro and Athena, gave us the chance to display the Studio Glaze Vases in a new context.

The starting point for laying out the vases was based around their regular geometric forms. These shapes, presented in small, clustered groups, hint at the methodical testing process, and repetitive firing process that went into producing the unique reactive glaze finishes on each piece. Some pieces were fired up to five times to create deep hues.

NEW JEWELLERY FINISHES

Since the launch last year we have been constantly refining the studio finishing process that goes into our Hula Jewellery Collection. The exhibition gave us our first chance to really show the results of this research process – as well as show new studio glazes in the jewellery collection.

As part of this year’s Shoreditch Triangle we launched two new designs with the design store SCP .

This included the fine bone china Nami Pendant lights pictured left.

And a collection of larger terracotta vessels named Chika.

Both explore further the properties of the materials being used. The Nami lights exploit the beautiful translucency of thinly cast fine bone china. The terracotta Chika collection  plays with larger scales and proportion.

The current resurgence of interest in ceramics made itself felt in many other areas around London Design Festival. Here are a couple of examples.

Ceramics in the City at the Geffrye Museum  returned, showing inspiring work from 50 leading ceramicists based around the UK.

The V&A museum also played host to  a major installation by artist Barnaby Barford. ‘The Tower of Babel’ (pictured left) is comprised of 3000 fine bone china shop fronts (made just over the road from us here in Stoke-on-Trent) featuring images of real shop fronts from around the city; ‘a monument to the great British pastime of shopping’.