BEAUTY IN CLAY CRE­ATIONS DE­SIGNS TRANS­FORM MUN­DANE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh www.hay­deny­oul­ley.com

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.

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