SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE / day 02

This is the second day of our seasonal guide. Today, ceramic gifts.

DAY TWO: Conversation crisis? Ceramics to the rescue!

The transformation of clay, from waterlogged mud to considered, useful design, bearing the visible signs of the makers hand, make ceramics a really wonderful, individual gift.

Conversation piece, tea pot, pourer and strainer by Sue Pryke

Conversation piece, tea pot, pourer and strainer by Sue Pryke

The days of the 'dinner service' are long gone which is a huge relief, because now, no-one knows if you chipped the plates or broke the lid for the sugar bowl. It means that tables are free to look collected and interesting.

Naturally tactile and visibly one-off, pottery made in small batches - wheel turned or slip cast - seem to me to be in the 'perfect present' category.  Gathered pieces chosen specially make a unique, individual gift. Who doesn't want to unwrap something like that?  
(...and the bonus of giving & receiving pottery is of course, if the dinner-party conversation dries up, at least you can tell the stories about where your pottery was made and by whom!)

Open Pour, the perfect pourer

Open Pour, the perfect pourer

White Christmas, hand-thrown crucible by Luke Eastop

White Christmas, hand-thrown crucible by Luke Eastop

Pimp your pottery, just add food

Pimp your pottery, just add food

Sweet like...Jono Smart sugar bowl

Sweet like...Jono Smart sugar bowl

Taking the strain, ceramic tea strainer

Taking the strain, ceramic tea strainer