some thoughts behind Brut
We've been working on some new pieces over the last couple of months and now we have a 'first edit' of a new collection to share with you.
As a starting point our intention was to work with very simple, archetypal forms. We've been looking at the work of husband and wife photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Their extensive collection of photographs - or typologies - capturing industrial architecture and structures, has really informed this new collection in their pragmatism and matter-of-fact sensibility.
We've tried to be ruthless with the design as to make sure we don't add any features to the form which aren't ergonomically necessary. For example the 'U' shape of the spout references the industrial concrete arches, but is also a very functional way of creating a spout on a vessel which pours well.
We decided to work with a speckled clay body and two colour-ways: slate and gold. The glazes are earthy and oozing in patina and gradation (just the way we like it). (We were getting pretty excited about concrete at this point.)
Like concrete, the tones and hues of the collection are in fact quite soft and raw. Although possibly the polar-opposite to the Bechers' photographs in subject, we've also used the paintings of Hammershoi as incidentals for this range. Something about the light in those interiors, the colours and the silence - it's something I can't quite put my finger on. They're amazing paintings. It is always important to us to work with the light - how the light is absorbed or reflects off the surface of the glaze is so intriguing.
So, this is our first edit of the collection and we're tweaking a few things, trying out some porcelain and extending the colour options.