Sue Ure's contemporary tableware and vase collections are sold in galleries and independent shops worldwide. Universally admired for her craftsmanship and pared down simplicity of form and palette, Sue has also designed bespoke collections for the likes of Tate Enterprises, The Royal Academy shop and the William Morris Gallery. In addition to her entirely hand thrown Ceramics collection, Sue has collaborated with other socially and ecologically responsible craftsmen and makers to create Sue Ure Maison, an ethically made diffusion range of ceramics, melamine and textiles.
From her garden studio in south west London, Emily Doran produces wonderfully tactile, wheel thrown tableware reminiscent of both Japanese and English Country Pottery. Handling and using one of her pieces is a truly sensory experience - throwing rings and ridges are clearly visible and slight distortions help us to see the natural movement of the clay. The whole experience is designed to cheer and uplift, with a colour palette inspired by Emily’s love of the Mediterranean Sea and Greek Islands. Beautiful glaze recipes combine with textures and mottling to create a distinctly coastal feel. Emily sums it up perfectly when she says ‘some of my pieces look like little beaches!’
With her worked stocked by national institutions such as Liberty, the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery, alongside a growing number of independent shops and galleries, Emily plans to develop a range of more sculptural vessels to complement her tableware collection.
Having previously designed and made tableware for the likes of Liberty, Nobu and the Royal Albert Hall, Linda continues to make collections for both private customers and restaurants and is currently creating one-off pieces to exhibit during London Craft Week with Design Nation.
Using a combination of walks, photographs and sketches as the basis for each new piece, Libby then spends time experimenting on the wheel before perfecting her designs. Her latest collection - Sea View - is inspired by moments in time on the coast, from catching the perfect misty morning on the beach when no one else is around to sharing a special midnight moment by moonlit water with a loved one. These wonderful pieces are made with Libby’s new luxurious glaze recipes that give beautiful line blends of colour and a truly unique character.
Emma Alington's work is neatly summed up by her design ethos which centres on form, beauty, functionality and tactility. This, allied to high quality craftsmanship, has seen her quickly establish herself as an in-demand ceramics designer and led to a number of collaborations with private and commercial clients including The Fat Duck, The Hind's Head, Boots, the University of Arts London and Van Peterson Designs. She has designed and produced a children's tableware collection for Fenwick and 2018 saw the launch of her bespoke collection for Fortnum & Mason.