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From The Studio: 3 Ceramicists & Industrial Designers We Love

Ceramic sculptors and industrial designers create the objects in the home that provide utility, but who is to say these objects can’t bring aesthetic beauty to the interior. We profile three ceramic artists and industrial designers, who are at the top of their art and craft.

Sculpted vessel by Abigail Ozora Simpson. Curated for a Janine Stone project in Kensington, London.

1. Abigail Ozora Simpson

Abigail Ozora Simpson is a Ceramic Sculptor, the daughter of the painter Michael Simpson. Her hand coiled sculptural vessels produced in her Hoxton studio quickly gained an international reputation, and led to her work being exhibited in London, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Simpson’s work has been catalogued in two Post­‐War British Art Auctions at Christies.

“For several years, the theme of the vessel has been a constant in all my work. During that time I have attempted to develop every aspect of it’s physical possibilities. I am interested in the raw visceral properties of the material. I am also increasingly interested in juxtaposition: groups of objects, their relationships, either coherent or incoherent, and how the ancient history of ceramics can touch the possibility of pure sculpture.”

Vase by Michaël Verheyden. Curated for a Janine Stone project in Belgravia, London.

2. Michaël Verheyden

Belgian, Michaël Verheyden creates uncommon objects for common rituals.  Blending serene shapes and meandering materials into pure, refined creations.  He prefers noble and durable materials that feel natural and age beautifully.

His recent work, which he produces with his wife Saartje, is a celebration of simple geometric forms, minimalist lines, expert craftsmanship, and rich, natural materials, such as leather, linen, bronze, brass, marble.

John Bedding's Pedestal pots, derived from elegant classical shapes, glazed in sombre earth tones for a kitchen scheme devised by Janine Stone & Co.

3. John Bedding

Bedding’s longstanding relationship with the renowned Leach Pottery began in the 1960s when he was apprenticed to Bernard Leach. Since that time he has made a significant contribution to the field of international ceramics.

His porcelain works are largely decorated with stencils made from open weave fabrics, which are wrapped around the pot before slips and pigments are applied in layers, and surfaces cut back with diamond polishers to give a smooth quality to the raw clay.