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Tent London 2011 Review: Best Ceramics Design

Wonderful ceramics from the likes of Bodo Sperlein, Kitty and Dude, Ikuko Iwamoto and Richard Brendon. Plus exciting 3D product design from Shapeways.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tent London 2012 review -Bodo Sperlein for Niko
Tent London 2012 review -Bodo Sperlein for Niko
The ceramics on display at Tent London were wonderfully varied. I loved these curvy stacks of bowls inspired by the shapes of blossoms, by Bodo Sperlein for Niko. The pastel hues made the plates seem edible in themselves.

Tent London 2012 review -Makiko Nakamura
Tent London 2012 review Wenhui Li.
I was very pleased to see the work from two ceramicists that I picked up on at the graduate shows: RCA graduate Makiko Nakamura and Central Saint Martins graduate Wenhui Li.

Tent London 2012 review -Kitty and Dude
Tent London 2012 review -Kitty and Dude
Tent London 2012 review -Kitty and Dude
Tent London 2012 review -Kitty and Dude
Edinburgh’s Kitty and Dude had styled their stand to perfection with old school treats. On closer inspection all their goodies were revealed to be new.

Tent London 2012 review -Ikuko Iwamoto Ceramics
Tent London 2012 review -Ikuko Iwamoto Ceramics
Ladybirds on a plate and a vaguely phallic display of pots from Ikuko Iwamoto Ceramics. Apparently intended for a surreal tea ceremony.

Tent London 2012 review -Richard Brendon
Tent London 2012 review -Richard Brendon
Sussed is a platform for sustainable innovation and featured these gorgeous reclaimed mismatched cups and saucers which had been dipped in reflective luster to create a newly matching pairs. Created by Kingston graduate Richard Brendon, who sells in Wolf & Badger.

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For those who are looking into non traditional ways of creating objects 3D printing provides another option to explore. At the Shapeways stand I was most taken by the designs of Bettina Nissen. I loved the idea of Make A Wish, which is designed as a keepsake birthday gift. It can be placed on a cake like a traditional candle and then the candle holder itself makes a curiously pretty ring design to keep.

Don’t forget to take a look at my reviews of furniture at Tent London and surface design at Tent London this year.

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