Simple Shape's first exhibition Gradient: Experiments in Clay happened as part of South East Makers Club and the London Design Festival. It was a weekend of pottery and of people. A combination that turned out to be truly wonderful.
The exhibition came about, as things so often seems to, by accident. Over coffee with Jono on a chilly Sunday in early spring I commented that the test tiles, the gradients of his colour palette, that were nailed to the wall in a perfect grid were so beautiful together, they were like an art work. A seed lodged, and an idea began to unfurl (these things happen in spring!).
The resulting exhibition was an opportunity to display the incredible work of two of our talented makers, Luke Eastop joined Jono Smart and Gradient became an exploration of their different approaches to ceramics, to tone, colour, size and scale.
It also gave us an excuse (and a deadline!) to open the doors to our Studio for the very first time. And it provided a moment to meet hundreds, quite literally, of lovely, interesting and creative people, who successfully tracked us down, tucked away on Ashby Mews (sorry, we must get better signage for our dirt track...)
We held a 'Private View' on Friday night, as a sort of 'launch' and a celebration. It was a resounding success, largely down to a number of unwavering (and marginally underage) bar staff, and the generosity of local Greenwich business, Meantime Brewery, who so kindly supplied the beer simply to support a local business.
The weather was beautiful all weekend, the doors were wide open and people came: locals, artists, makers, families, Instagram followers, collectors, designers, friends (and quite a few dogs) made the journey to Brockley to find us. I've never spoken to so many interesting people in such a short space of time in my life.
The weekend was such a fun and rewarding (and exhausting) experience. The seeds have certainly been sown for future projects, quite what yet, I'm not sure! But that's the fun.
And finally, I cannot thank all those involved enough for the relentless hard work, time and effort that was put in to make this happen. Jono, Luke, Emily, Sophie, Jay...(and the miniatures E, S & F)...thank you all.