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This pot­ter’s colour-splashed de­signs are an ar­ti­sanal take on graphic pat­tern

Brighton-based Sil­via Kamody­ova’s Slo­vakian her­itage is in­te­gral to her ce­ram­ics. ‘My de­but ‘Har­vest’ col­lec­tion was in­spired by the old wooden ves­sels used in Slo­vakia to gather pro­duce from the fields,’ she says. ‘I dec­o­rated the pieces with tiny lines and dots that rep­re­sent the plough lines and marks left on the ground from farm­ing.’

For her sec­ond, cur­rent col­lec­tion, ‘Ter­ra­cotta Her­itage’ (above), Kamody­ova switched tech­niques. ‘Be­fore, I worked with dec­o­ra­tive slip; now I use tin glaze.’ She saved up for a kiln and found studio space in Brighton four years ago, while study­ing for a mas­ters in 3D de­sign and craft at Brighton Uni­ver­sity. Her smaller table­ware is slip cast in ter­ra­cotta clay and pro­duced in batches – the large plat­ters and bowls are press moulded in speck­led ter­ra­cotta clay (it’s stronger, so the shapes don’t warp). Both have a blue/grey glaze and dec­o­ra­tive top colours – from a se­lec­tion of eight shades. ‘I found a frag­ment of a kitschy Slo­vakian vase dec­o­rated with flow­ers and tested 60 shades based on that,’ says Kamody­ova. ‘I add leather han­dles as I feel they com­ple­ment the ter­ra­cotta and ref­er­ence the util­i­tar­ian ori­gins of peas­ant cul­ture.’

Sil­via also has ranges for The Con­ran Shop and March, a store in San Fran­cisco. ‘I like work­ing with re­tail­ers to feed my cre­ativ­ity,’ she adds (@sil­vi­akce­ram­ics; sil­vi­akce­ram­ ➤

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