Forming part of the Icon Collection the Penny Vases stands true to the ethos of the collection, large in scale, complex to make and limited in number – each vase is exceptional and unique. Working with a hand thrower in Stoke-on-Trent we have pushed the bounds of the thrown pot. The vases are left to dry for 6 weeks and after first firing Thompson then works his magic in hand decorating each vase using his exquisite colour palette. Each piece is unique and each vase a testament to the beauty of the industrial craft that resides in Stoke-on-Trent, five generations later. This collection is dedicated to an exceptional woman, Penny.
Photographer, Martyn Thompson, began his career making clothes before deciding to document them instead. He worked as a fashion photographer in Paris prior to moving to London where his scope broadened into the world of interiors and still life.
Over the past 30 years Thompson has collaborated with several designers – most notably a long relationship with Ilse Crawford. He has worked to create the visual messaging of leading global brands such as Hermés and Ralph Lauren while also authoring two books, “Interiors” and “Working Space: An insight into the Creative Heart”.
A resident of New York now for many years, Thompson founded Martyn Thompson Studio, a multidisciplinary out t that has branched out from Thompson’s distinctive photography practice into a number of creative expressions. An aesthetic, anchored in the touch of the hand, stems from Thompson’s love of craft, and runs through his studio’s work, de ned by a tactile and painterly language that is a visual push me, pull me between nostalgia and now.
The studio has evolved to include textile and wallpaper design, homewares, limited edition art, as well as art direction for editorial projects. In addition Martyn Thompson Studio works with a number of brands as a creative consultant giving direction on the areas that help shape and de ne a visual identity: colour, mood and tactility.