Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, British Bone is an initiative to bring contemporary British ceramic design
to a broader public
Curator and furniture designer Suzanne Trocmé continues a passion for pottery first explored as a teenager in England when using ancient techniques of burnishing and underground peat kilns to create natural black glazed effects. Her inaugural collection Aspirals for British Bone, in white and black counterparts, uses 21st century technology, the continuous mobius form created using rapid protyping techniques and powdered ceramic
As the fifth generation of the pottery family that founded Johnson Brothers, Emily has an unescapable passion for ceramics and for their continued production in England. The intention is to take a very traditional material and approach it in a modern way. She is the first designer for 1882 Ltd and her first collection of lights is only just the beginning.
Inspired by Delftware, yet using contemporary ceramic transfer techniques, Circle by Shannon Bills depicts a street of Huguenot houses from the East End of London. These houses are themselves a reminder of the influence of successive ways of immigrants to the diverse culture of this area of the city. Bills made Circle for the GCSE public examination art course that she took at Thames Christian College, London. She is currently studying for her A-levels
Much of Max Lamb's work has been inspired by his native cornwall, an upbringing that imbued him with a love of nature and an interest in re-contextualising materials in both a conventional and unconventional manner. Renown for creating beautiful crafted pieces of furniture having traditional process at their core, and exploiting the inherent qualities of materials he uses, Crockery is a testament to the way he challenges traditional values of the materials he uses and the processes with which he manipulates them.
In 1882 the J.W. Pankhurst Company declared themselves bankrupt and the business was sold at a receivers' sale. The buyers were Alfred and Frederick Johnson and the partnership was called Johnson Brothers. The factory was situated in Hanley, the largest of the Six Towns which joined together to form the city of Stoke-on-Trent, lovingly known as the Potteries. As the business expanded their elder brother, Henry, joined them. Fifth Generation Em Johnson,through her new firm 1882 Ltd. is dedicated to the continuing manufacture of British bone china. Bone china is produced using 52% bone.1882ltd.com