Introducing Crockery in Black Basalt
By Max Lamb for 1882 Ltd – launching at SCP
The new collection of chiselled tableware has been created by the London-based master maker, Max Lamb. It follows on from the hugely popular Crockery in white, only this time round, it comes remastered in an enigmatic palette of reddy brown, black basalt.
Both naïve and modern, the collection has an almost primitive quality about it. For Lamb, this is to allow his designs to tell a story of their own making. ‘I really like to tell stories, but I don’t like to tell them verbally’ the designer says to the Guardian. ‘I like the objects that I make to tell stories and therefore, they have to be loaded with information.’ With scored surfaces and rugged edges providing the moral of Crockery’s tale.
The process begins with plaster models, which are hand-chiselled by the designer in North Staffordshire. ‘I could have continued carving and smoothing them until they became very perfect, but for me, the chisel and the hammer are the beauty of the object. You can see the teeth of the chisel and how it’s created the surface.’ Each design is then slip-cast in stoneware stained with basalt. The glazed interior of the tableware reflects functionality while a raw exterior symbolises the modest surface texture of the plaster original.
Crockery by Max Lamb launches in-store and online from 2 June. It is a growing collection commissioned by 1882ltd, a family business based in North Staffordshire.