In January we’ve been to the Top Drawer show in London and despite Brexit uncertainties, we’ve launched lots of new designs and met some really interesting new clients and lovely fellow exhibitors.
About Top Drawer
For us, January is the trade fair month – though December is also largely monopolised by finalising the planning of the stand and ticking the huge number of administrative boxes that the adventure of doing a show entails.
Top Drawer takes place in London and is a trade only show – it’s where shops, interior designers, museums and galleries all go to find their suppliers and to see what the latest trends are…
This show was big on sustainable and responsible sourcing – obviously something we’re very much in favour of!
Launching the Spiral collection
In my own field of tableware, matt glazes are still very dominant, lots of the larger companies and craft potters are using them on the inside as well as outside of their mugs and plates.
As a designer-maker, one is much less trend driven. Driven certainly – but by a somewhat different agenda, that of making something whose aesthetic appeal will endure longer than the next season’s trend and which has a story and an ethos behind it.
I launched a new collection at the show, Spiral. Whilst some of the shapes overlap with my main, longer-established range, some are new – and the striking, unglazed and textured black spiral that climbs the outside of all the pieces is what defines it. The collection also includes plates, this is a new item for me, but one which is very often asked for.
I can’t resist the temptation to associate colours, so the collection so far includes three gloss glazes in soft tones of green, yellow and pink.
Now with new orders and new contacts made it’s back into the workshop for fulfilling the orders and always, thinking about what new designs and developments will come next…