Just in time for Christmas, we have received a delicate collection of new work from the talented Ceramic Artist, Brittany Delaney.
Brittany works from her Cheshire studio and explores the translucent quality and fragile effects that can be produced through the use of porcelain. Taking shape and form as a starting point she creates functional vessels and tableware considering simplicity alongside complexity.
Brittany describes her work as follows: 'By modifying the traditional technique of slip casting and carving into the plaster moulds, the commonly concealed casting seams are exaggerated and become a main focus of the design. The making processes are emphasised and highly refined creating handmade work of a high quality.'
Inspired by the everyday, Sue Pryke aims to create her own collection of objects that sit comfortably in the home. Sue Pryke is a British homeware designer, who started her journey into ceramics at a small pottery in Lincolnshire. After graduation Sue’s first job was a designer at Wedgewood, guided by the design team she was taught to understand the breadth of ceramic form. Sue found the challenge of the precision absorbing and the repetitive nature satisfying.
Individually slipcast from vitrified earthenware, these teaspoons are perfectly useful. Fired at high temperatures until it is no longer porous - the clay is finished with a smooth stone like quality.
This teapot is part of the MR & Mrs Studio Collection that combines the work of Sue Pryke and her husband John, combining ceramics and wood. With its high fired stone like surface, the handle is made from steam bent oak.
Simply stunning cutting boards by John Pryke, with leather handle.
Inspired by the everyday, Sue Pryke aims to create her own collection of objects that sit comfortably in the home. Having started her journey into ceramics at a small pottery in Lincolnshire, Sue found the challenge of the precision absorbing and the repetitive nature satisfying. Her aesthetic is quiet and minimal with soft tones.
Soon to arrive at Maud and Mabel.
The Maud and Mabel team made an exciting visit to Maze Hill Pottery last week, exploring the strong, fluid shapes of Lisa Hammond’s functional ware.
Lisa’s forms, hand thrown on the potters wheel, are each consciously crafted to be enjoyed daily. With a satisfying soda-fired finish, Lisa never fails to remind us of the clay's natural plasticity.
Soda firing is an atmospheric firing technique, where sodas such as sodium bi-carbonate and sodium carbonate are introduced to the process at peak temperature. In the heat the soda vaporises and bonds with the surfaces of the pots to form a sodium-silicate glaze.
We are thrilled that we will soon be able to share such delights with you. Until then, here are a few snaps of our visit, and some of the treats we look forward to showing at Maud and Mabel.
Lisa's apprentice, Florian Gadsby on the wheel.
Wedging- a process which releases the air from the clay.