Variegating and veering lines are slammed, slapped, compressed, and cut; pulled, and twisted, to make Safariware, a vibrant new tableware by Sam Andrew, a ceramic artist from Manchester.
He layers black and white clay into a ‘loaf’, which he then slams down on a worktop and slaps each side over and over to compress the layers. Cutting the loaf in half, he re-stacks and compresses the material again to create finer, thinner layers.
“Once the desired thinness of the layers is achieved and the loaf knocked into a square cube, a slice is taken,” explains Sam. “The slice is then pressed into a shape, forming a unique set of ceramic tableware in which black and white lines permeate throughout the clay.”
Part of Sam’s design work is using the waste clay from one product to create another. The off-cuts from making bowls and plates are bunched together and thrown on a spinning wheel to create beakers. In each of these the clay off-cuts can be seen twisting upwards, zig-zagging and bending around the pots. No two are ever the same. This making process – along with the idiosyncrasies, imperfections, and errors of the handmade – is vitrified and sealed into distinctive functional ceramic objects.