BEAUTY IN CLAY CREATIONS DESIGNS TRANSFORM MUNDANE
CERAMIC designer Hayden Youlley sees beauty in the unexpected, such as crumpled scrap paper, a broken window, a shattered mirror or even cracks in cement.
Youlley’s refined, delicate collection of lights and tableware, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, reflect his philosophy that good design relies on realising function with aesthetic integrity without unnecessary complications.
“Design has the power to make everyday reality easier, more enjoyable and beautiful,” he says.
“I create each piece with that purpose in mind.
“I take inspiration from the world around me ... I’m fascinated by the transformation of something mundane into remarkable, and think that goes back to watching my mother make amazingly beautiful patchwork quilts out of scrap bits of fabric.
“I’m also intrigued by the way our greatest personal strengths can be found only by delving into, understanding and overcoming some of our most vulnerable personality flaws.”
With assistance from an ArtStart grant in 2013, Youlley built his passion for ceramics into a thriving business.
From a shared studio in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west, he works solo to produce his range.
Youlley came into the limelight with his first collection of tableware, Paper Series, inspired by a crumpled piece of paper.
His other collections include the Tessellate series of geometricshaped porcelain bowls and IM lighting, sculptural forms which show fractures covering the surface when lit.
Youlley says people love handmade products because each one tells a different story.
“I think people want to feel more emotionally invested in products they buy; they’re interested in the story of the products, the people who made them and the process of crafting something unique.”
Hayden Youlley (above) has a cult following for his refined ceramic tableware and lighting range. His first collection was the Paper Series (bottom left), followed by The Tessellate and the IM lights collections.