The Icon Collection presents a body of work that encompasses the impossible, the oversized, the complex and the unique, imagined and made in collaboration with the art and design world’s most respected and renowned designers and studios.
Each piece is at once a sculptural artform as well as functional object, pushing the boundaries of the material, the master potter’s expertise, and the artist or designer’s ingenuity. Made as either one-off pieces or as part of a limited edition, the works included in the Icon Collection challenge both designer and maker in terms of scale and intricacy, while paying homage to the exceptional talent of the British ceramic industry, past and present, and the traditional manufacturing heritage of Stoke-on-Trent where 1882 Ltd. is based.
Artists and designers include architect John Pawson, artists Barnaby Barford and Bruce McLean, creative polymaths Martyn Thompson and Max Lamb, and ceramicist Amy J Hughes. Many of 1882 Ltd.’s Icon Collection pieces have originally been made for exhibitions and installations shown at prestigious cultural institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum; all have been conceived to elevate the daring mastery and ultimate connection of the hand, eye and heart between designer and maker, creating fresh and vital works for today’s modern way of life.