ceramics and artisan

i am always looking for  beautiful ceramics – have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. I love the bold designs of Silvia K. i also like the simplicity of the creamer jug from another country.  love the colourful blue jugs by reiko kaneko  – jugs are something i can’t resist and i have jugs in all sizes and colours, some old, some new!

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another of my favourite ceramicists is Jacqui Roche,  who makes lovely cream porcelain ware, including this lovely porcelain rose.  Jacqui also runs workshops for adults and children, learning to use the wheel and glazing pots – she’s inspirational.  Fliff Carr is also a brilliant ceramics and teacher – her fine delicate pieces make lovely gifts. 

there seem to be very few artisan shops left in london, i find that its essential to touch and feel the things that i want to buy and especially the scale – you lose all the beauty in a photograph online.  fortunately there are a few shops remaining that still show interesting hand made ceramics – my favourites are listed.

My new discovery is Kobo in a little alley in Norwich, beautifully presented, and more rustic and earthy coloured pots, you can’t leave without purchasing something. mint is an inspiring shop selling beautiful ceramics and artisan products.    egg is another source of inspiration,  no website, but worth the journey.  igigi in brighton is another favourite place of mine – and definitely makes going to brighton worth it. merci in paris is another shop worth all the travelling to – its got to be a must on your list of paris shopping – merci also gives its profits to charity.Eclectic is typically japanese , very white, minimal, very delicate in style but like a breath of fresh air, it stands out amongst the usual chain shops around town.  of course there is frank in whitstable,  abigail aherne in islington has an unusual choice of ceramics.  native and co have lovely selection of Japanese gifts and homewares and momosan near London Fields also is a lovely shop to visit for gifts. 

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I think that Tom was one of the first designers to use copper in his designs and that was many years ago – he is so ahead of his time!!  copper is a wonderful alternative material for facing your kitchen walls or cupboards.  have a look at the cyprum  taps available in gold and copper and Giles Miller’s ‘Rosaic’ wall panels.  copper can be left to oxidise and age to a green like tone, otherwise, lacquer to maintain the copper colour.   Dara Huang’s free standing island is also interesting.

these beautiful candles are sculpted in copper vessels with marble lid so that you can sit the candle onto and not damage the surface of your furniture.  the london aroma really is unusual and makes a great gift for men- you really dont want to burn it –  its so handsome!  you can buy them at selfridges or at tom’s shop in west london.    also available in nickel and brass.

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ceramics and artisan

i am always looking for  beautiful ceramics – have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. i also like the simplicity of the creamer jug from another country.  love this colourful blue jug by reiko kaneko  – jugs are something i can’t resist and i have jugs in all sizes and colours, some old, some new!

jug_0080 jugs_0075 jugs_0071

another of my favourite ceramicists is Jacqui Roche,  who makes lovely cream porcelain ware, including this lovely porcelain rose.  Jacqui also runs workshops for adults and children, learning to use the wheel and glazing pots – she’s inspirational.

there seem to be very few artisan shops left in london, i find that its essential to touch and feel the things that i want to buy and especially the scale – you lose all the beauty in a photograph online.  fortunately there are a few shops remaining that still show interesting hand made ceramics – my favourites are listed.

mint is an inspiring shop selling beautiful ceramics and artisan products.    egg is another source of inspiration,  no website, but worth the journey.  igigi in brighton is another favourite place of mine – and definitely makes going to brighton worth it. merci in paris is another shop worth all the travelling to – its got to be a must on your list of paris shopping – merci also gives its profits to charity.Eclectic is typically japanese , very white, minimal, very delicate in style but like a breath of fresh air, it stands out amongst the usual chain shops around town.  of course there is frank in whitstable,  abigail aherne in islington has an unusual choice of ceramics, including this very cute vessel with a face on it, perfect for an odd stem o flower.

abigail  also runs one day workshops on how to practically style, dress and create the coolest seasonal home – her unique, but covetable style provides a wonderful, fun and inspirational day full of tips and innovative ideas.

tom dixon eclectic

these beautiful candles are sculpted in copper vessels with marble lid so that you can sit the candle onto and not damage the surface of your furniture.  the london aroma really is unusual and makes a great gift for men- you really dont want to burn it –  its so handsome!  you can buy them at selfridges or at tom’s shop in west london.    also available in nickel and brass.

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