House style

The rise of Bri­tish hand­made ce­ram­ics

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Jes­sica Doyle

PER­HAPS IT IS DUE to a grow­ing in­ter­est in craft and the hand­made, or the trend among both mil­len­ni­als and midlif­ers for one-off pieces that add char­ac­ter to in­te­ri­ors. Ei­ther way, stu­dio pot­tery – pieces made by artists work­ing alone or with a small team – is hav­ing a mo­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Martin Mil­lard of auc­tion house Ch­effins, de­mand for big names in Bri­tish stu­dio pot­tery, such as Dame Lu­cie Rie, Hans Coper and Bernard Leach, which dropped off slightly dur­ing the re­ces­sion, is back with a vengeance. ‘It’s also shifted from a col­lec­tors’ mar­ket to a more aes­thetic one,’ he adds. ‘Peo­ple are buy­ing state­ment pieces to dis­play in their homes.’

Rie’s work in par­tic­u­lar has been go­ing up in value in re­cent years; pieces made by her dur­ing the 1980s – when she was in her 80s – have fetched more than £100,000 at auc­tion.

Con­tem­po­rary ce­ram­i­cists are also see­ing a huge ap­petite for their work. John Booth, a fash­ion il­lus­tra­tor and tex­tile de­signer, moved into ce­ram­ics just three years ago, and has al­ready made a name with colour­ful face vases that sell as fast as he can make them.

For mod­ern dec­o­ra­tive ce­ram­ics at a more mod­est price, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Lon­don de­signer Lisa Me­hy­dene, of on­line life­style store Edit 58, and ce­ram­i­cist Ana Kerin of Kana, has pro­duced some col­lectable pieces. Their plates, dishes and pots are hand­made in a charm­ingly wonky style, and painted with ei­ther a pink-splat­ter pat­tern or a bow mo­tif. Sim­i­larly, ce­ram­i­cist Emma Cera­sulo, who di­vides her time be­tween Lon­don and Italy, de­signs bowls and planters with a deep-green -and-white speck­led glaze, in­spired by Puglian ce­ram­ics and made there us­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques.

For those keen to try their hand at mak­ing their own pieces, Ana Kerin also runs work­shops from her Hack­ney stu­dio (kanalon­don.com).

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