Crockery by Max Lamb for 1882 ltd - Black Collection

Introducing Crockery in Black Basalt

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.


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Crockery by Max Lamb for 1882 ltd - Black Collection

London-based Max Lamb was born in Cornwall, England. His upbringing in the coastal countryside has imbued a love of nature and a creative spirit in his practice as designer and maker.

Lamb graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2006 and was later named Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel in 2008. He continues to produce and exhibit his work internationally.

Lamb is celebrated around the globe for creating beautifully crafted pieces that have materials and traditional processes at their core. He looks to design products that stimulate dialogue between maker, product and user through a visual simplicity.


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1882 Ltd. is a design-led ceramics brand produced in Stoke-on-Trent, England formed by fourth and fifth generations of the Johnson Brothers family.

At the core of 1882 Ltd. is progressive design and industrial craftsmanship.

They produce a combination of essential objects from lighting to domestic ware and special art pieces that highlight the centuries of industrial heritage craft skills and knowledge that reside in the heart of the British ceramics industry, Stoke-on-Trent.

Their ceramics are to be used, loved and desired and to bring enjoyment be it in dining and decorative objects to lighting and art pieces.


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