pebbleware by laura redford from uk
designer's own words:
My new ceramic tableware has been designed to solve issues that I think have been overlooked in the current tableware world.
The importance of the plate as a vessel in our everyday life seems to have been overlooked, very few designs respect what they contain or who will be eating from them.
I wanted to create shapes that were dramatically different from conventional crockery, a more striking piece that would be attractive and have intelligence. The new pieces needed to be just as functional as standard ware, I knew that there would be limitations such as dishwasher and stacking/storage issues. To fully satisfy these points I would of compromised my shape therefore contradicting my initial aims.
I used the medium of hand building with clay to gesture a shape, and used this as a starting point together with my original aims and issues to find a solution. Various models using the combination of plaster and condoms were made to find the correct size and function for the vessels. Once the shape had been found, plaster models were made and earthenware slipped to produce the final piece.
Due to the full-sided nature of my pieces the form could not be solid as they would be too heavy and they would also retain heat, the solution was to create a double walled structure and turning it into a benefit. The heat would not transfer to the bottom of the vessel preventing burning to a person or table.
From my own experience and observations of others I found that the standard plate is uncomfortable to hold and grip is reduced. My design has a more natural holding position wherever you place your hands, the large surface area allows more grip and more choice of holding positions.
I believe my design is suitable for the Design Boom competition as my innovation lies with the double walled feature, which is rare with current tableware designs. Together with the unique shape and design process I have produced objects that not only can be used in everyday life but have a life, they encourage interaction and stimulate the sense of touch.
It has been difficult to find the balance between function and not compromising on shape but I have enjoyed finding a solution. My finished shapes are successful because of there shape, people want to touch them and that means they can identify with the object therefore naturally any experience associated with them will be a good one.
single pebbleware bowl
pebbleware 3 set