Buff stoneware + dark brown inlay
H 14cm x w. 15.5 cm x d 12cm
About the Shoreline series:
Shoreline is a series of hand-thrown stoneware vessels and domestic ware by David Stonehouse, inspired by pebbles found on his walks along the Suffolk and Pembrokeshire coasts. The inlaid coloured clay lines directly reference the veins in these stones, whilst also alluding to the waves and tide marks of the foreshore.
About David Stonehouse
"My practice is informed by the inherent beauty of materials and a sense of place, and defined by an evolving personal aesthetic rooted in artisanal craftsmanship. My pieces are the product of an ongoing exploration of the relationship between form, surface and function. 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 - my process is to scale back and let each element and material speak. I use a restricted palette, often celebrating the contrast between raw clay and the fluidity of glazed surfaces."
David is a Cambridge-based artist-maker. 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 Martin’s. He spent a period in international design before returning to his craft roots to make refined objects.
What first drew you to your current processes?
D: As an artist-maker, I’m often setting my own agenda to work against. As such, my process is a combination of a playfully artistic practice which allows me to explore ideas that interest me, and my design training, which enables me to expansively investigate an area before focusing on a few variants to iterate.
What are you thinking about when you start making each piece? Do you work in series?
D: My pieces are the product of an ongoing exploration of the relationship between form, surface and function. When starting a new piece, I’m always looking to find and explore a strong idea, something which by its nature could lead to multiple variations that already excite me. My process is very much to pare back an idea, and look to let each element and material speak. I choose to use a restricted palette, often celebrating the contrast between raw clay and the fluidity of glazed surfaces. I strive to balance simplicity, refinement and meaning in each piece.
I frequently choose to work in series as this gives me a framework to explore multiple ideas in parallel, whilst producing distinct, coherent bodies of work. Some series are constantly evolving piece by piece, while others are periodically revisited and pushed forward when ideas or time allow.
Tell us more about your recent series, when did you begin this and how has it developed?
D: My Shoreline series is a collection of hand-thrown stoneware vessels and domestic ware inspired by pebbles found on walks along the foreshore. The inlaid coloured clay lines directly reference the veins in stones I’ve been drawn to on the beach. Having originally started with pebbles from the Suffolk coast, the series now also incorporates stones from Pembrokeshire. The series is still evolving, and where the patterns of coloured inlay originally referenced a single stone, they now allude to the waves and tide marks of the foreshore and are being applied to ever larger pieces.
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