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The New English: Spreading the


renaissance of ceramics


Innovative ceramics company The New English continue to break down the barriers between art and everyday objects with an exciting new installation called ‘Supermodel’. The ten-plate installation has been designed by Phoebe Richardson, and strives to bring the fi nest of traditional ceramics to a new audience. Co- founder of the company Paul Bishop told TI: “Supermodel brings gallery style works, of exquisite quality and refi nement to a new audience at accessible prices... and in so doing helps to preserve the skills and heritage of the potteries.” As much a piece of art, and a conversation piece as it is functional, ‘Supermodel’ is designed to grace walls of homes, offi ces, hotels and restaurants.


The line is the latest by the New English in their personal quest to build a renaissance in the UK ceramics market. Formed in February 2009, the company has developed an international reputation for cutting edge ceramics, blending art/design and the fi nest of English bone china to create objects which are both truly contemporary and have the qualities and integrity which traditional skills and materials bring.


‘People will always need plates’: a hit back against throwaway design


We’ve heard it said in many a conversation with Tableware manufacturers – but a UK company is using this tableware saying as the basis of their business. Peoplewillalwaysneedplates.co.uk is an interesting venture, which actively creates and promotes unique, meaningful and quality designed Tableware as a direct antithesis to cheap, throwaway design. The company is the creation of ceramicist Hannah Dipper and designer Robin Farquhar. Although launched in 2004, the company use high quality, low volume batch production, focusing on creating witty, thoughtful and stylish products for the table. They also offer a commissioned bespoke service. In keeping with their credo that good design should be used and enjoyed, treasured and shared, Hannah and Robin try to develop products that, while diverse in style and application, always retain the fundamental values of functionality and beauty.


All change at Forma House


For over 40 years Forma House has exclusively represented the Guzzini brand and proudly established the range as a unique, design-led offering across the UK housewares market. Synonymous with colour and bold design, the name has made a big impact both in-store and across the UK media. Decisions by Guizzni management mean the distribution by Forma House will cease at the end of the year, and from 2012 the company will deal with retailers directly.


www.formahouse.co.uk New Design Talents win top Design Awards


New Designers 2011 – the show that presents the very best of the year’s graduate design has awarded recognition to its class of 2011. Amongst the recognised were a number of ceramic designers, showcasing innovative design and skills as they move on from their learning environments. Now in its 26th year, the show annually celebrates the best in new creative talent across the UK.


The BDC New Designer of the Year 2011 (Part 1) is Louise Tiler from Leeds College of Art & Design for her collection of surface patterns and textiles. Her prize includes £1500 plus professional career development advice from Briffa, Rhodes and Rhodes and Articulate Communication. Runner up in the competition was a triple success for ceramics designer Jill Shaddock, who graduated from Manchester School of Art. She proved to be a close contender for the prize for her beauty and simplicity of her ceramic work which the judges could see bridging contemporary craft and the commercial world.


For Forma House, this presents an exciting opportunity to take on a collection of new brands, with the aim to create a ‘one stop shop’ for housewares buying. As specialists in brand management and distribution, everyone at Forma is really looking forward to this new challenge with a fresh brand on the books. The company is now actively seeking new brands to represent in the UK in this new venture.


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