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We have been deep admirers (and collectors) of the ceramic work of Tina Tsang for a while now; the fabulous designer of Undergrowth Design. Tina Tsang is inspired by “the obscure and uncanny in life”, which she tries to breathe into everyday objects. The results are seductive and fantastical, and stunningly beautiful.
Tina graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2005 in illustration and animation, and her diverse background – which includes film, painting, animation, photography, costume design, fashion design and trend forecasting – has enabled her to have a unique understanding of aesthetics and trends within the design world. And boy, are we loving the results..
It’s time to show some lovely ceramics again as it’s been a little while, and you all know how we much we adore our porcelain!!
Helen Beard’s distinctive pieces below begin with drawings of quirky individuals and curious places, which she uses to illustrate her hand-thrown pots. By grouping the pots together, she likes to tell a story, creating whimsical scenes that capture the insignificant yet precious moments that make up our daily lives.
Every pot is individually thrown in Limoges porcelain on a potter’s wheel before being hand-painted. The pots are decorated using a technique that Helen developed to create an effect similar to watercolour and ink. Her freehand line drawing is transferred onto the pot using a form of relief print. Colour is painted over the drawing using different washes of ceramic stain, and finally the pots are dip-glazed and smoothed down ready for the final stage of firing.
We’re pretty sure you’re loving these as much as we are?!
There is nothing quite like a bit of metamorphosis + anthropomorphism first thing in a morning, is there not? And these rather sexy plates from BeatUp Creations, aka Angela Rossi, is certainly floating our boat today. Too nice to serve bangers and mash off..these rather regal beauties deserve to be admired and bowed down to. Prices vary depending on the detail and age of the antique plate…But as we start turning our heads towards the festive season (ok..so still quite a while away, thank gawwwwd!) these are definitely contenders for Santa’s List!
Colour Colour Colour! We love fun, bright, colourful things done in a stylish way and as you can see Nina van de Goor (aka Ninainvorm) is an artist after own own hearts. Nina, from the Netherlands works with both vintage and new materials, adding her own distinctive style in the form of colourful, folky illustrations. She is a collector of ceramics and this appreciation shows in her designs which are so considered and instantly uplift and breathe new life into the pieces.
We have only featured Ninas ceramics as these are our favourite medium of hers but we could fill another post with her beautiful collages and fabrics. You can see all of her designs in her Etsy shop which is well worth a look. Go on…add some colour to your collection!
We do love discovering new and exciting ceramics and it’s certainly safe to say the work by l’atelier des garcons can be described as that. We love the fluidity in the shapes of the pieces combined with the bright colours and bold designs. L’atelier des garcons is the work of French ceramicists, Jean-Marc Fondimare and Eric Hibelot. We’d love to be able to tell you more about them but their website is entirely in French and our Francais really ain’t that grand. Should your language skills be more advanced than ours (which shouldn’t be too difficult…) then check out the website here. Then maybe you could fill us in. In the meantime we’ll let their work do the talking:
We came across this beautiful tableware by Katrin Moye and were really struck by the lovely colours and variety of designs featured on them. From Stig Lindberg inspired leaves, to dots and stripes and some woodland animals in between. Is there no end to her talents?! We also love the inspiration behind her pieces, she enjoys the fact that people will actually use the items she makes, rather than simply look at them for decorative purposes.
Katrin talks about how important pattern and colour are to her on her website, saying that she loves the rightness a regular repeat pattern can give, and the way patterns can change when different palettes are used. We agree – and we think that Katrin has this combination down to a tee.
Jonathan Adler has fast become a household name over in the US, and following the opening of his London store here in the UK on Sloane Avenue, Kensington, it’s only a matter of time before his name is on everyone’s lips over here too – if he isn’t already (which he kinda is)! Jonathan Adler is dedicated to bringing style, craft, joy and a general feeling of “grooviness” to our homes..and we’ve put together just a few examples below to show you just how wonderful and varied his product lines are. Sooooooo bloomin’ gorgeous.
Jonathan was born and raised in New Jersey, spending his entire adolescence in the basement of his family home throwing pots and experimenting with clay. After a short flutter of 3 years working in the film industry (not remotely pottery-related) he returned to his first love.. and the rest – as they say – is history. Over the last 10 years, Jonathan Adler stores have opened in Soho, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Dallas…(the list goes on)…and his product lines now encompass textiles, furniture, lighting, towels, stationary… you name it! We adore his surreal, playful and cheeky approach to design..and CANNOT WAIT to add some pieces to our homes. Anybody reading this who knows us and is ever stuck for a present – you know where to look!!
Meyer Lavigne are a Danish design duo producing the most awesome textile and ceramic products. Below is just an example of their many creations which range from flower pots and platters to bags and baby blankets. Our favourites are these porcelain and stoneware items, we love their fun and irreverent motifs – the illustrations have such a carefree, youthful feel to them. Besides their own line of porcelain, Meyer Lavigne take on assignments for both bigger and smaller design companies and also work as interior designers.
We came across these unusual little beauties while browsing the online shop of screen-printers S&T Prints – the brainchild of designers Claire and Emma who have been working together since meeting at Art School 25yrs ago. Since graduating they have built up a rather prestigious career – winning over 60 design awards producing a wide range of highly acclaimed work for some of the most famous global brands. Their national & international accolades have earned them both places on many British design juries…so impressive stuff! S&T Prints was set up to allow them to follow their dreams of designing and printing their own pieces, and these ceramic tiles particularly caught our eye – being the ceramic obsessed people that we are – so we had to share them with you ASAP!
We love biscuits, and we love ceramics. So the work of Robert Archard is a little bit like a dream come true really.. How sweet are these family favourite slip-cast keepsake boxes? There is absolutely no way we can choose a favourite..we want the lot, naturally. But they are such a nice idea for a gift for a fellow biscuit-lover… Mmmmm… is making us peckish. Time to put the kettle on we think, and go take a closer look!