Monochrome Espresso Ware

I’ve been working hard developing a new range this year. I wanted to blend the graphic qualities of my slipcast porcelain – bold colour block pieces that rely on the form and design rather than surface decoration – and the handmade individuality of my thrown table ware. Also, from a technical perspective, something I’m constantly learning about in ceramics, I needed to make my volcanic glazed ware more stable in their firings and finally found a combination that works….and so to range building!

I wanted each piece to complement in black and white and finally found a smooth black porcelain body to throw with that I like as much as the white porcelain I use. The surfaces became really important. Each pieces is sanded with three grades of paper after both the bisque and glaze firings to give the outer surface a very smooth and tactile finish. While the interiors invite the eye with their graphic black and white glazing effects. So pleased with them:

I wanted to create unique pieces with a theme of shape and a feature handle; the jugs remind me of fat pigeons!

I had a fantastic few days by the coast in St Ives during summer and immersed myself in the amazing art that’s on tap there – Barbara Hepworth’s studio was awesome. Incredible combinations of form and texture in a monochrome palette. So inspiring for this range of work…

I’ve trialled the capsule range now at a few markets and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and the positive response from clients. It’s very simple: espresso mugs with sugar bowls and creamer jugs. A set of ceramics designed to create the perfect coffee moment.

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