Featured Designer: Jo Davies Ceramics
The Non-Traditionalist Working in the Studio Pottery Tradition
Based in: Stoke Newington, East London
Signature: Wheel-thrown porcelain that plays with juxtapositions of line and movement
Training: BA (HONS) in 3D Design: Ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design. MA in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art.
Why She’s Awesome
The RCA grad is young, ambitious and continually experimenting with her craft. From lighting to new ways to display flowers, Jo challenges the perception of ceramics being a deadly serious endeavor, adding a touch of refreshing humour and humanity to her work.
Her signature pieces often show the process of wheel-thrown ceramics in their design — the cups and pendants, for instance have lovely grooves, made by Jo’s fingers as the clay rotates on the pottery wheel.
The Clerkenwell Connection
Jo Davies is a member of the Craft Central network of designer-makers, and I first encountered her work at the Exhibition of Emerging Talent in March 2010.
My top picks:
From bottom left, clockwise: Egg hoops, £9 each. Shift bowl, £95. Flare vase set in black, £85. All wheel-thrown porcelain.
Behind the Scenes
We paid a visit to Jo’s Stoke Newington garden studio earlier this year. Read the blog post to see where she does her work!