Ceramic Showcase

May has started off as a really cold month which has had me wanting to hibernate on an evening with a good cup of tea and some cake or chocolate … or both cake AND chocolate!!

This fab new teapot from Jan Constantine is HUGE so it has kept me topped up nicely …

Jan Constantine teapot £49

Jan Constantine teapot £49

This range, which arrived at Heart Gallery at the beginning of May, is quite extensive so to compliment the teapot we have mugs, bowls, milk jugs, plates, cake stands and egg cups.

Jan Constantine Tall Heart Mug £15

Jan Constantine Tall Heart Mug £15

Jan Constantine Egg Cup £8

Jan Constantine Egg Cup £8

Jan Constantine Heart Tea Cup £15

Jan Constantine Heart Tea Cup £15

Jan Constantine Tall Union Jack Mug £15

Jan Constantine Tall Union Jack Mug £15

May has also seen some colourful china arrive from the Pantone range we have been keen to introduce to you for quite some time. Jackie and Victoria formed a partnership in  2000 dedicated to innovative design and creative solutions. The W2 brand was established with the ethic that all products should have a purpose – that old adage ‘Form follows function’ is the W2 mantra.

Pantone Mug Pyramid - Mugs £8 each

Pantone Mug Pyramid - Mugs £8 each

We have got individual Pantone mugs in a great range of colours and also the Mini Mug sets and Espresso Sets which make great presents. I know this next image isn’t of ceramics but we have also introduced the fabulous Pantone A5 & A6 notebooks – with contrasting coloured lined paper – the notebook of designers inspired by the iconic colour chip.

Pantone notebooks A6 £8 A5 £12

Pantone notebooks A6 £8 A5 £12

Cakestands by Linda Bloomfield are perfect wedding presents or birthday treats for bakers. Form is Linda’s inspiration. Soft, simple forms with faint throwing lines and dimples impressed into the freshly thrown clay. Linda uses porcelain for its smoothness, whiteness and translucency. Glazes are tactile satin matt on the outside and fluid transparent on the inside, with colour sometimes hidden inside a form.

Linda Bloomfield - Thrown Porcelain cakestands from £36

Linda Bloomfield - Thrown Porcelain cakestands from £36

Linda sells at Liberty so Heart Gallery is really proud to showcase her tactile porcelain pieces.

Linda Bloomfield - Thrown Porcelain Pouring Jugs from £28

Linda Bloomfield - Thrown Porcelain Pouring Jugs from £28

We have had a top up of our ever popular porcelain hearts too by Clare Mahoney and one customer yesterday was ever so pleased as they wanted one to give as a birth present to her best friend who’d just brought a beautiful baby daughter into the world.

Clare Mahoney porcelain hearts from £8

Clare Mahoney porcelain hearts from £8

Clare also has pebbles in her lovely range

Clare Mahoney porcelain pebbles from £8

Clare Mahoney porcelain pebbles from £8

as well as some gorgeous coasters and tiles but I have to admit that there aren’t many of these left now.

Clare Mahoney coaster £10 tile £8

Clare Mahoney coaster £10 tile £8

Clare Mahoney coaster £10 tile £8

Clare Mahoney coaster £10 tile £8

I can’t give you a ceramic showcase without including Rowena Gilbert whose work is a favourite at Heart Gallery.

Searching for the perfect fusion of strong design, innovative style and spontaneous expression. The clay vessel is Rowena’s bold canvas; strong, simple and unfussy in form. Layers of clay echo periods of time, memories; slow, controlled, ordered. The surface evokes moods, tensions, actions, reactions.

Rowena Gilbert collection prices range from £33 to £138

Rowena Gilbert collection prices range from £33 to £138

Using additions of metal oxides for the reds, blacks and blues, the coloured clay layers are brushed on the slip cast vessel or inlaid in incised lines and marks. The surface marks are created using various sgraffito tools when the clay vessel is in a leather-hard state. Rowena bisque fires, then masks areas on the outside of the vessel using wax resist, glazing the inside and the unmasked areas with a transparent gloss with the final firing at 1160°C.  All pieces are hand made and have Rowena’s signature mark on the base.

Rowena Gilbert collection prices range from £33 to £138

Rowena Gilbert collection prices range from £33 to £138

So, new work at Heart Gallery from new designers and top ups from some of our regulars. A great collection, perfect for gifts or treats, so we shall see you soon.

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