A small and tall bud vases, full and amongst sets of tableware. A photograph from an exhibition I took part in at Simple Shape, (@simple__shape), earlier this year—I still have many pictures to get through. The soft greens and white hues contrasted brilliantly against the elm table, constructed and CNC engraved by the talented Sebastian Cox.
It’s rare that I see my pots in use or out there in the world. Here they’re either at the studio, lined up ready to be taken home before I then photograph and ship them out. Although this was for an exhibition it was still a chance to see the pots in a real environment, how they might appear somewhere, rather than on dusty shelves in poorly lit environments. Pots always look better once they’re out of the studio, placed upon a plinth or table setting. They can almost be unrecognisable but it’s a wonderful feeling.
The next group of work I’m making is for an exhibition in Tokyo. A show with Lisa Hammond, Ken Matsuzaki, Yoji Yamada and Masaki Dejima—it’s a sort of master and their respective apprentices who are now potters exhibition. A scary prospect nonetheless. From what I’ve seen online and in photographs, ceramics are exhibited in Japan in a very particular way. It’s placed tightly together or in grids and each pot with it’s individual label but all in an environment that closely resembles how you might display them at home. Perhaps I’m wrong and have haven’t seen the full breadth of it but it’s very different from how we exhibit here.