Ceramic highlights at Origin this year ranged from uncanny realism to shameless fantasy.
ARTS THREAD was charmed by Sophie Woodrow and her collection of bizarre white porcelain creatures. Pulled directly from her imagination, Sophie created these magnificent sculptural pieces using the age-old technique of coiling and pinching. Inspired by the beauty and variety of animals, the surreal creations are intended to reflect on the separation between human culture and the natural world.
Serving as a sharp contrast to Sophie’s surreal designs, Penkridge Ceramics presented some stunningly realistic ceramic and pewter fruit, vegetables and horse chestnuts. They were so convincing that we wondered what a grocer was doing exhibiting at a craft fair! On closer inspection we realised that, through attention to detail, highly skilled development and application of glazes, the designers at Penkridge had achieved the impossible and recreated natural objects so that they are pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing.
Glass artist Charlotte Sale, of the BBC’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’ fame, is one of only a few female glass blowers in the country. Her high quality, dynamic vessels are incredibly tactile and available in a range of vivid colours. Now selling at Liberty’s she has come a long way in a short time since graduating in 2009 from the Royal College of Art.
Upcycling is a concept ARTS THREAD comes across more and more and at London Design Festival we found it applied in many varied ways to furniture. At Origin, we found Lilly’s Lightbox Company, run by Berliner Felicia Strehmel. Incorporating her passion for photography, Felicia uses individual drawers from reclaimed antique chests of drawers to create light boxes that feature her photographs. The result is a lovely retro, nostalgic aesthetic.
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