Indigo Storm is a new interpretation of traditional creamware forms, drawing upon the chance patterns created when pigment added to the slip coating does not fully blend. The whorls and eddies resulting from these experiments, like meteorological formations in miniature, make up the collection’s central motifs. In order to decorate each piece is biscuit fired, taking 24 hours where the temperature reaches a maximum firing temperature of 1130 degrees centigrade where it then soaks for an hour. Each piece is then glazed and fired at 1030 degrees centigrade which is an essential part of the process as the glaze forms the enamel like layer which makes it usable for every day.
Faye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All of her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.
With an academic training in the theory and practice of fine art, and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Toogood approaches product design with a singular and acutely honed eye. Her highly sculptural work, while showing an astute respect for the past, is derived from pure self-expression and instinct.
Toogood’s objects are grouped together into her trademark numbered ‘Assemblages’. This allows her to avoid the formulaic, to experiment with the materials and processes that dominate her thinking at a particular time. With each Assemblage, she engages not only with the products themselves but also with the three-dimensional space in which they are exhibited, working across multiple disciplines to create a single body of work with an intuitive and unified narrative.