The tableware we use is very important in our everyday lives, whether plates, bowls, mugs, cups or teapots. This stylishly illustrated guide helps budding and established ceramicists alike to create practical and attractive ranges, starting with design principles, working through appropriate construction techniques, and leading on to decoration and finishes. Leading designers Sue Pryke and Linda Bloomfield explain the importance of inspiration and consistency in design, providing step-by-step guides to the main making methods, which include hand building, pinching, coiling, throwing and slipcasting. They also offer advice on using various clay materials – such as recycled and reused clay bodies – and the combination of clay with other materials (like wood, metal, textiles and synthetics). Tips are provided on glaze fit, dishwasher- and microwave-safe glazes, firing and finishing. Featuring beautiful photographs of the work of such prominent tableware makers as Sasha Wardell, James and Tilla Waters, Reiko Kaneko and Nico Conti, there are many sources of inspiration for those wishing to further their tableware ambitions.
Sue Pryke – who has featured as a co-judge on Channel 4’s Great Pottery Throw Down – is an award winning ceramic designer specialising in tableware for retail and restaurants, and her clients have included IKEA, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Wedgwood. She has lectured at numerous universities, including the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins and De Montfort University, UK.
Linda Bloomfield trained as a materials scientist before fulfilling her dream of becoming a potter. She has made thrown porcelain tableware in her West London studio since 2003 and sold her ranges through Liberty and Harrods, to Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa Restaurant and to The Clove Club. Her several books on glazes include Colour in Glazes and Special Effect Glazes.