New Designers: Part One..

We recently visited the Business Design Centre in Highbury and Islington to see part one of The New Designers exhibition and we were really impressed by what we saw, this year felt really fresh and exciting. Here are some of our top spots..

We loved this melted plastic bowl by Samon Yechi an African inspired artist. All the products are made by hand incorporating a large range of art and textile disciplines.

These geometric printed designs stood out for us, designed by Anna Petrie a Textile and Surface Designer who is about to graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Her designs are drawn from the geometric shapes found in the urban environment.

This ‘Unearthed’ collection was launched by Sevak Argarian for New Designers. The surface pattern is made up of small pieces of coloured porcelain that are dispersed throughout the body of the objects. They are then sanded and finished to make a tactile surface. Resembling a tube floor in a very good way, we are smitten.

The bright, bold and eccentric work of Esme Fenton really caught our eye. Esme is currently studying Textile Design at Central St Martins.

Amy Pegler is another Textile Designer who grabbed us, Amy specialises in silk screen printing we loved the geometric layering that she creates within her work.

The understated simplicity and muted colours of Isatu Hyde‘s work was a pleasure to behold. Isatu centres her work around functional, domestic objects being very interested in ‘pleasure in use’.

A complete contrast to the previous designer we loved the work of Elly Maddock, the playfulness and humour in her designs makes for really engaging work.

The flat topped shapes created by Theo Adamson particularly appealed to us. The variations of markings on his work are an abstraction of African tribal body painting. Through the work Theo explores how your cultural heritage informs and transforms the person you become.

The delicate forms and details that Surface Designer Katie Thomas managed to achieve in concrete we found truly remarkable. You just want to reach out and touch it.

It was great to catch up with Taz Pollard, a ceramic designer and sculptor who we already have the pleasure of working with. We are completely in love with these neon dipped pop bottle bowls.

Did you go to New Designers? Whose work stood out for you?

We shall be popping in to see part two soon, watch this space..





Designers and makers: A chat with Taz Pollard

May we introduce you to Taz Pollard a potter from Devon and one of our recent discoveries.

Where is your home town and where are you based now?

My home town is Barnstaple in North Devon and despite plans to move to London after University I still live in North Devon but in a little village on the edge of Exmoor.

What’s on your bedside table?

Hand cream and a pen. Hand cream because working with clay makes your hands really dry and a pen because I get my best ideas in the middle of the night.

What homeware item do you seek to find the perfect version of?

Mugs. Tea and coffee taste so much better out of a decent handmade mug, my favourite are the two that taper in at the top. I am so busy that I often forget that I have made a drink and these two designs keep the tea hotter for longer.

What have you made that you are most proud of?

Yellow Daze. I love the combination of form, colour and plastic wire. It is a fabulous piece which very quickly found a home.

What is your background? How did you get into ceramics?

I was lucky enough to do a GCSE in ceramics at secondary school and I have been making ever since. Most recently I completed an MA in ceramics at Bath Spa but I remember from my first day at school there was a class making with clay and that was all I wanted to do.

Describe your design process:

My design process involves sleepless nights and lots of problem solving. Ceramics is a very technical subject so getting from bright idea to finished product can be tricky but that is what I love the most about what I do.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

We had a similar situation recently where my kiln was giving off very high levels of CO so we had to evacuate the house in the middle of the night. You really don’t think about anything else other than getting your family out, nothing else matters.

Describe your style in three words:

Bold. Quirky. Neon.

What is your current obsession?

Neon flocking. It’s amazing stuff, I have to restrain myself from flocking everything.

What does the future look like?

Exciting, I have had an amazing amount of work since completing my masters and I can’t wait to see what the next project will be.

Our range of Neon Dipped Cylinder Vases are now available to buy online..