As you all know I’m a bit of a functionalist at heart, but I’m always intrigued when designers give their work that added touch of personality and character. Take for example these amazing ceramics by Stella Baggott, who makes these pieces under the alias Atelier Stella in London, England. It’s great to see someone local to us producing items like this on a regular basis, even if Stella only makes them when she gets time away from her other creative job as an illustrator.
Stella makes these by hand building and sculpting from slabs of clay, interestingly she rarely ever produces the same piece twice and likes to fire work in small exclusive batches. Her inspiration stems from Swedish and Italian potters from the 50’s and 60’s, mixing in these rustic type patterns with an abundance of character. They remind me of Le Corbusier for example, who became famous in later life for adopting quirky shapes in his structures and projects, the La Chapelle de Notre Dame du Haut and his sculptures stand out for me. I have to say these also have an essence of Picasso about them, mainly with his ceramics where he often decorated them with exciting faces and expressive animal shapes, much like what we present here. Obviously to compare something else to a famous artist or designers work is a bit silly, but it’s great to see the different inspirations and get a mental map of the general aesthetic/theme.
I find it funny looking at these sorts of pots since they really bring a smile to your face, I also think it’s quite fascinating how each one has a particular character or persona. If you’re like me you’ll be picking out one that really stands out to you, personally I prefer the heavily glazed ones, such as the darker blues or greens, they almost look like they’ve been carrying some scars and have seen lots of life. When you pick these items up you’re sure to connect with them. These photos happen to be from Atelier Stella’s tumblr blog, which I’ve linked to just below, I’ve also left the web address of her web shop which gets updated whenever Stella has things to sell. I would personally recommend checking back in February, as that’s the time she’ll be updating her selection with a wider array. Enjoy.