After a shockingly long hiatus, we’re about to send some new work to CAA. We have concentrated on the new unglazed coloured clay pieces. This work started a year ago with our British Ceramics Biennial entry then we showcased it earlier this year at CAL. I think it is some of our most successful work in combining function with abstract graphics. Our design process is always one of gradual, successive fine tuning over a long period. We’ve been honing the colour palette and developing our favourite motifs.
We are busy making stock for CAL (Ceramic Art London). These are some decorated teapots drying before their first firing – looking promising but a long way off being “in the bag”. The functional demands on a teapot are obviously great which means they’re difficult to do well.
They should pour well, feel nice to hold; the lid fit well, be light and balanced – and of course look good. They only have to fall short in one respect to be proclaimed a “second”.
However, if all goes well they could be one of our best products – James’ perfectionist attention to detail in the making and my surface design – that’s collaboration. Now we just wait with fingers crossed.
This teapot feels like a fantastic example of our collaboration and a huge accomplishment. (I do feel a bit guilty that James has the hardest job in actually making it and I get to do the fun, easy part.)
It is fairly small at 700 ml and unglazed, like the “naked” set we made last year for the BCB. It is made from pigmented stoneware and the motif is inlaid. We are hoping to have a small range of unglazed porcelain ware available at Ceramic Art London in April.
More of our teapots here.
We’ve been collecting useful shapes in packaging to draw round or stencil over on the cylinders. I like the dye cut perfection of curves which isn’t possible to achieve myself with a blade or scissors. The collection contains muffin cases; ferrero rocher cases; a light bulb box; an oven cloth’s packaging.
Tilla 25th Feb. 2013