Thoroughly modern design
Ceramics enthusiasts should take note of a new book that highlights 60 artists using the medium in imaginative ways. New Wave Clay, by design writer Tom Morris (Frame, £32) looks at the pioneering architects and decorators, as well as classically trained potters and sculptors, who are using clay as a means of expression. Interspered with many glorious images, you will find insight from artists such as Grayson Perry and Edmund de Waal. They have created not only pots but also furniture, murals and architecture, employing modern techniques such as 3D printing in a 21stcentury take on this traditional craft.
ACCESS TO WORK
Clerkenwell Design Week returns, from 22 to 24 May, with exhibitions popping up around the north London area, including some in venues not normally open to the public. The British Collection, focusing on UK designers, will be staged within the Crypt on the Green, a barrel-vaulted space beneath St James’s Church, EC1, and will host new collections from Benchmark, Deadgood, DEVOL Kitchens and Nathan Furniture, which is reissuing pieces designed in the 1960s by John and Sylvia Reid. clerkenwelldesignweek.com
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Liberty launched its Open Call initiative in 2009 as a means of finding undiscovered design talent to promote and sell. This year, it used social media to assist in the search, inviting designers and makers to upload photographs of their work. From the 9,500 entries, the Liberty buyers selected a shortlist of 13, who were then voted on by the public to whittle the selection down to three finalists, revealed earlier this week.
The chosen ones are Katch Skinner, Ruta Bart and Alex Chinneck, each of whom will now see their work sold in the store’s homeware department.
Skinner, a ceramics teacher from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, makes colourful earthenware egg cups, £18 each, decorated using sgraffito ,a technique whereby a surface colour is scratched away to reveal a contrasting colour beneath. Hertfordshire-based Bart, another ceramicist, has designed vases and plates, costing from £300 and employing motifs from her native Lithuania in bright combinations. Completing the line-up is Kent sculptor Alex Chinneck’s solid-oak broomstick with a handle crafted into the form of a knot – a hefty £2,495, but a true work of art. libertylondon.com