Adam Ross studied Ceramic design at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2009. Relocating to London in 2015, he now makes tableware and sculpture from his studio in Wood Green.
"Evidence of process is an important characteristic for me in handmade ceramics. I like to look at an object and visualise the maker and the steps taken to produce the work. This idea, along with my love of traditional handmade pots and the techniques used to produce them are the combined inspiration for my tableware. The work is thrown, then faceted vertically, and cut through horizontally whilst still attached to the wheel. With the wheel still spinning, I carefully begin to open the up the pot from the inside, allowing each section to twist and move independently, leaving every piece unique".
Adam Ross' tableware in 'Tin White' is exclusive to 12thirteen Store.
Illumination House was founded in 2015, producing hand-poured, artisan made candles from their London studio, their collection of fragrances are inspired by travel and the importance of the home as sanctuary.
“Since it's birth in 2015 Illumination House has strived for luxury and creative craftsmanship and in doing so has looked no further than its native London.This hands-on approach to making and developing has made us able to deliver flawless quality in each product we produce and most importantly allowed us to experiment.
With multiple projects all designed around the home, IH’s purpose is to elevate your living space. Whether it’s stained glass, cushions or candles the idea is the same to illuminate.
Each candle is handmade in our Kings Cross studio, a place where skill and trade have always met since the beginning of London as a city. The whole process is completed here, from design to packaging, all to the romantic view (and racket) of the Eurostar, overground, underground and national rail trains."
Koppraia was founded in 2017 this UK based luxury scented candle maker has sustainability and animal rights in mind when designing their hand-poured candle collection and signature fragrances.
Their custom wax is a blend of soy, rapeseed and coconut, which is an entirely sustainable material. Since soy wax can be quite soft on its own, the rapeseed and coconut ingredients stabilise and harden the wax mixture.
In addition to this, using a plant-based composition means that burning Koppraia candles does not release the harmful toluene and benzene toxins, or black smoke that come from burning paraffin wax candles. Kop- praia do not have to rely on the petroleum industry for wax, and as such their candles are completely re- newable and biodegradable.
“Koppraia was founded as a response to the widespread use of unsustainable materials and undisclosed animal products in the home fragrance industry.We are dedicated to making products that are a welcome addition in any home whilst also being respectful to the environment. Each scented candle features a distinctive composition of cruelty-free fragrances and our signature hand-poured wax: a natural blend of coconut, rapeseed and soy. We promote the use of organic, natural and vegan materials, whilst celebrating our key belief in dissolving the boundary between escapism and pure awareness. It might appear contradictory, but to us it makes complete sense.You don’t have to escape from reality to reach a state of calm; and an awareness of the present doesn’t mean succumbing to the busy distractions of everyday life. Lighting a candle can simultaneously be a form of escapism from daily events, yet still be firmly rooted in a consciousness of the present. This quiet sentiment is reflected in our minimal design, which leaves room for the fragrances to elicit unique olfactory experiences”.
Akiko's work is a fusion of Japanese and British ceramic traditions, she draws upon traditional Japanese methods when making her ceramics. Her pieces are deeply textured yet utilitarian in form, using rough dark clay to create a veil between the rough layers underneath and the smoothness of the glazed exterior. Glazed in soft whites, greys, greens and natural colours, her forms showcase the thick volcanic glazes that run down the sides or pool on the surface.
Akiko Hirai was born in Japan in March 1970. She initially studied cognitive psychology in Japan and obtained her degree before coming to England. She took a degree course in ceramics at the University of Westminster, then went on to graduate from Central St. Martins, she currently works as Head of Ceramics in Kensington and Chelsea College and works from her studio in Stoke Newington, London.
MOTE, a new Korean artisan scent laboratory based in Seoul producing handmade, organic soaps made using 100% natural ingredients. All soaps are hand marbled using a specially developed technique producing a unique pattern in each soap.
“MOTE is an artisan laboratory that studies and produces beautiful moments found in the scent, colours and imagery of the earth. Our name is derived from the acronym for ‘Memories Of The Earth’.
We are capturing the essence of the ever-changing, fleeting moments of the earth and recreating them as close to nature as possible
The occasional crashing of waves and the scent of a dense forest. The rain and the snow. Fog and sunset. Summer and winter. Day and night. These changes in nature heal our bodies and souls”.
Many so-called natural soaps use harmless raw materials, but these components can combine to create potentially toxic substances in the production process. This makes it difficult for the natural ingredients to be effective on the skin.
MOTE’s signature marbling technique, however, avoids chemically combining the 100% natural moisturising and nourishing ingredients.The integrity of each element is maintained by keeping them in separate layers. This distinct layered marbling technique was designed by MOTE to deliver the highest quality natural ingredients directly to the skin.
MOTE use the highest quality of food-grade oils in their soaps. Unlike other “natural” brands, the soaps are completely free of preservatives or parabens.
The fragrances in each soap are expertly made by artisan graduates of ISIPCA, one of the world’s top three schools for fragrance and cosmetics.
Every fragrance is created instead of using pre-made bases.The difference is noticeable in the complex, one-of-a-kind scents.
James Duck is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art having just completed an MA in Ceramics and Glass, his handmade 'Mendax' tableware range is made from porcelain and raw, unrefined red brick clay.
“I make things. Often clay things.
My practice occupies a space in and between conceptual art, craft, design and sculpture. I make various
objects. Some functional. Some expressive. Some conceptual. But all the objects I make come from, and in one way or another, play a role in a larger ideological agenda.
My latest body of work is a tableware range, Mendax: considered, functional, Scandinavian-Oriental it is "faux-honest" tableware. It embraces its making, its imperfect nature, but does so with hidden intentions. It is comfortable and yet challenging allowing for continual reconsideration”.
“The development of form is at the root of my work; the interplay of shape and surface creating the individual character of a piece. Non-figurative in nature, the pieces present many points of reference.These may be biomorphic, molecular or perhaps topographical. Ideas emerge during the making of a piece and after completion. I enjoy the ambiguity that this type of abstraction provokes, raising questions for the viewer and the maker.
Working from my studio in the countryside of East Sussex, I develop several pieces at once, building the forms using slabs and coils of clay.The surfaces are finished with layers of slips and glazes designed to ex- press form and character. Many pieces are multiple fired.”
Caroline is a Silversmith graduating from the Cass London Metropolitan University and now working in Sheffield.
"My work is about the importance of the hand. Initially, I investigated everyday familiar objects and I decided to make tubes. I started to dissect them in a variety of ways to see if something new might emerge.
The project took on a new dimension at this point, as it was the importance of the dialogue, which was emerging through the making. It became a flowing conversation with the hands informing the mind and the intellect making decisions as to which were the most interesting shapes for the hand to make".
Sevak Zargarian is a ceramic designer maker based in London, UK and a graduate from the BA Ceramic Design course at Central Saint Martins. He has a passion for material exploration, ignited on a Foundation course where he experimented with copper rods and porcelain paper clay, witnessing the transformative powers of the kiln. He has since kept a focus on process, investigating different surface finishes and making techniques, with an aim to create beautiful objects for the home.
All featured items are from the UNEARTHED collection, A new collection of porcelain household objects and vessels, the surface pattern is made up of small pieces of coloured porcelain that are dispersed throughout the body of the objects, which are then sanded and polished to create a tactile surface.
Beatriz Georgina Lamas
Beatriz Georgina is a Mexican designer with a bachelor in Industrial Design and a minor in Digital Fabrication.
The bowls were made for La Tlapaleria's 3rd collection "Sabor a Mi" which was inspired by Mexican cuisine.
Mexicans are well known for their warm hospitality and way of being great company to others.
“Piel Cacahuate” set of snack bowls that explores the different skin layers reinterpreted in three copper textures. The bowls are hand made by master artisans in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico.
"Our aim is to produce products of worth that don’t burden the environment.
We are a modern design studio, working on a wide range of products and processes with accountability at our core. We strive to deliver intelligent design that is ecologically respectful and appropriate to our time and place.
Tanti is an archaic word that means worthwhile, and that is what we’re trying to be."
Ben Sutton is a ceramics designer/maker based in East London. His work ranges from tableware to decorative bowls and vases with an aesthetic that fuses Scandinavian design with Japanese simplicity. Working exclusively in hand-thrown porcelain, he aims to make work that is visually bold yet elegant and tactile.
Ben has been attracted to the unique qualities of high-fired porcelain since the beginning of his practice; how it’s smooth texture, translucency and whiteness compliment and emphasize a clean form.
His works makes use of both glazed and unglazed surfaces, juxtaposing the warmth of the matt surface with the sharpness of a glossy, translucent glaze.
"My work is heavily influenced by time spent growing up in Finland, finding particular inspiration in the homewares of the Kaj Frank, Ingerid Råman, Lisa Johansen-Pape and Alvar Aalto.
This can be seen in my preference for clean lines, for simple forms, combined with occasional use of strong, glaze colour accents. Recent series have included blues, greens and golds, while retaining a distinctive white exterior".