Designer Richard Brendon Rejuvenates the Crystal and Tableware Industries

Ideas on innovation pass from a London studio to Stoke-on-Trent potteries

To gaze at London-based designer Richard Brendon‘s Reflect collection offers substantial insight on the history and future of an industry in transition. For the series, Brendon pairs gold- and platinum-gilded teacups of his own invention with patterned saucers found at antique dealers across Britain. Brendon honors his discoveries and intensifies their beauty with his own work. And it represents more than a clever product collection; …

Studio Visit: Reiko Kaneko

The Japanese-British ceramics designer discusses reactive glazes, her place in Stoke-on-Trent and her work outside the realm of pottery

At the softly sun-bathed studio of ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko, working with glaze is one big experiment. Occasionally, her steady process of trial and error includes herself, such as the first time she worked with a toxic raw lacquer and accidentally touched it with her bare hands: “I really didn’t think it was going to be that poisonous, but I got it on the skin …