Gas fired white stoneware, celadon glaze and iron wash square
H 6.2 x w. 6.4 x d. 8.5 cm
Espresso mug 38: A hand thrown and turned mug with applied handle. Made from white stoneware clay and coated in celadon glaze with an iron wash detail on the front and rear, then gas reduction fired up to ~1280°C for around 12 hours. The iron wash details take on a wonderful iridescent surface.
About David Stonehouse
"My practice is informed by the inherent beauty of materials, a sense of place and innovative art and design, and is defined by an evolving personal aesthetic rooted in artisanal craftsmanship. There are two strands to my ceramics: domestic ware, which seeks to enhance the pleasure in everyday rituals, and one-off decorative and sculptural vessels, which I use as conceptual vehicles for exploring ideas."
"My pieces are the product of an ongoing exploration of the relationship between form and surface, and function and detailing. Through my wheel-thrown vessels I’m looking to create objects that draw the user in to look closer and savour a given moment. I strive to balance simplicity, refinement and meaning in each piece - my process is to scale back and let each element and material speak. I tend to use a restricted palette, often celebrating the contrast between raw clay and the fluidity of glazed surfaces. Although enjoying consistency, I value the variation that hand-crafting produces, which I see as helping to connect the user with the maker."
David is a Cambridge-based artist. After gaining a degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery, he was studio assistant to RCA Professor David Watkins, before completed an MA in Product Design at Central Saint Martins. He spent over 25 years in international design before returning to his craft roots to make refined objects.
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