Hexagon Classic Design

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Carl Hansen
Knoll
Magis
String
Georg Jensen
Stelton
Glas Italia

Design Classics - Carl Hansen
Design Classics - Knoll
Design Classics - Magis
Design Classics - Georg Jensen
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The unique and sophisticated centre
in North London for the most
extraordinary and classic designs in art,
ceramics, sculpture and furniture.

We are proud and delighted to
represent some of the world’s finest
artists and designers in our brand new
showroom in Highgate.

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makers here...

Artists List

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Annie Turner
Ashraf Hanna
Barbara Hast
Albert Montserrat
Lauren Nauman
Daniel Smith
David Roberts
Fausto Salvi
Isobel Egan
Jaejun Lee
James Oughtibridge
Julian Stair
Kate Schuricht

Sometimes you crave a classic... About us -

Formed by Racheline Michaels, the gallery shares space with an amazing array of classic cars at Hexagon

Drawing on her 35 years’ experience as an interior designer, the gallery features globally sourced pieces ranging from ceramics and fine art to sculpture and photographs.
We are agents for Knoll, Carl Hansen and Magis which we display alongside mid-century designs.

We have a collection of chairs in stock and available now - all items may be ordered. We would be happy to discuss your project.

Over the past few years, Racheline has become totally passionate about contemporary ceramics…. A true potaholic! She represents a number of artists chosen for their unique
appeal and craftsmanship. She is particularly interested in collaborating with these artists to create pieces and groups where they are pushing the boundaries. The aim of the
gallery is to work with collectors, designers and architects to incorporate works at the design stage so that they may be shown in a considered way to a maximum effect.
Featuring pop-up installations from some of the worlds most talented artists and furniture designers with a collection of gifts from Georg Jensen and Stelton, the design gallery
is a truly vibrant space, showcasing the form and the function of a wide mix of ranges, products and art.

We look forward to welcoming you.

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" our next exhibition starts April 27th - click here for more information

“The repetitive motion of a line, to caress an object, the licking of wounds, the back and forth of a shuttle, the endless repetition of the waves, rocking a person to sleep, cleaning someone you like, an endless gesture of love”

Louise Bourgeois

We have a collection in stock and available now - all items may be ordered. We're happy to discuss your project.

 

Artists:

Annie Turner

Annie Turner holds an almost unique place in British Ceramics, unique because her art is so closely linked to just one region, the river Deben in Suffolk, on England’s east coast. Her work is inextricably linked to this water land, the flows and currents of a broad estuary and its banks and boarders, a place she has long sailed and navigated, just as her late father took his own boat on it before her. Annie Turner’s sculptures are as much about rootedness, and her own family’s strong connections with the river for generations, as it is about the tidal changes and seasonal rhythms that mark the progress of time.

Ashraf Hanna

Hand-building the forms, Ashraf makes both individual and related groups of vessels, each object informing the next. The profiles, lines and spaces emerging from this process of development, their ultimate placement in relation to one another, the juxtaposition of sharp lines and softer curves, have become a major interest.

The forms are further enhanced by the introduction of a carefully considered, restrained palette of refined slips and stained clays. The pared-down nature of these new forms and the subtle surface treatments combine to produce vessels that are concerned with essence of form.

Daniel Smith

Since graduating from the celebrated Harrow Ceramics course in 1994 Daniel Smith has worked from the East London studio he helped establish. This continuity is reflected in his work with a commitment to exploring the same family of useful forms - plates, bowls, cups, jugs, vases. All pieces are hand-thrown in porcelain with a pared down aesthetic just occasionally emphasised with simple decoration. With quiet dedication Daniel has built up a loyal international following over the years, his work appealing to both collectors and those who like beautiful, eminently functional objects for everyday use.

David Roberts

David Roberts is one of the most significant ceramic artists working in Europe today. A distinguished English potter, he has an international reputation as a leading practitioner in Raku ceramics: a technique with its origin in small-scale vessels made for the Tea Ceremony in late sixteenth-century Japan. Roberts is acknowledged as responsible for the introduction and promotion of modern, large scale Raku in Europe. He has also been instrumental in its re-introduction to the United States of America, where his example has played a key role in the foundation of the ‘Naked Raku’ movement. In his personal exploration of this traditional technique, Roberts has transformed it into a vibrant and contemporary art form.

His work is represented exclusively at Hexagon Classic Design.

Fausto Salvi

In the past few years Fausto has worked in schools and private studios in many countries. These experiences have given him a great deal, not least of which is the direct confrontation with students, artists and teachers. He is convinced that the practice of involving oneself in new, unknown and sometimes uncomfortable situa- tions is a great help in developing a sensitivity closely aligned with the contemporary rhythm. He believes that the artist should put himself outside his comfort zone and spend some time in situations differing from his normal realm of life.

James Oughtibridge

Curved sections of clay are constructed with numerous planes and perspectives, inviting the viewer to peer inside to a world of contorted shadows. Pieces often appear to float, with no visible flat base creating a tension with their surroundings. The structures, initially overpowering, hold delicate and enticing surfaces, with many hours spent refining, scraping and sanding surfaces to create gentle flowing curves.

Layers of slips, stains and oxides are applied and are fired to 1240°C. The dark and light granulated surface and imposing colour creates shadows and areas that invite a closer inspection.

Julian Stair

Julian Stair is one of the UK’s leading potters and writers on ceramics. He took up pottery at 16 and went on to study at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years and has work in over 20 public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, American Museum of Art & Design, New York, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

From common rituals surrounding death to the daily touch of a cup Stair’s work celebrates the dynamics of use and the way that pottery permeates and is integral to human experience.

A regular contributor to ceramic publications since the 1980s, Julian is an authority on the history of English studio ceramics. In 2002 he completed a PhD at the Royal College of Art researching the critical origins of English studio pottery.

Kate Schuricht

Kate Schuricht is an established British ceramic artist working in raku and stoneware. She studied Three Dimensional Design at the University of Brighton, specialising in ceramics and visual research. After graduating in 1996, Kate was selected for an international ceramic residency in Japan, where she worked alongside established Japanese, Korean and American artists. On her return, Kate set up her business at Cockpit Arts, London, where she was based for nearly 10 years.

Now a Professional Member of the Crafts Potters Association, Kate has completed commissions for a number of private and public collections, including British Airways, the British Embassy in St Petersburg, Craftspace and Cowley Manor. Her work is collected worldwide and features in several printed publications and films. Kate also runs tailor made one-to-one short courses from her studio in West Kent.

Kati Tuominen

Kati Tuominen-Niittylä was born in Helsinki in 1947 and now lives in a small community 50 km from Helsinki in Pornainen. She studied at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and has worked as an artist and designer since 1980. Her unique pieces are based on memories and observations as well as sentiments. The firing of clay has very long and strong traditions and she brings her works into the modern era side by side with modern materials as part of modern architecture and interior design preserving their ceramic nature. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland and Europe as well as America, Japan and Korea. Her minimalistic and timeless language of forms appears in several serial production products and unique art works.

Matthew Warner

Matthew Warner is a potter who makes simple and considered thrown porcelain tableware. His work combines clarity of form with the subtle nuances of throwing, creating pieces that combine refinement with function. Having studied ceramics at Camberwell College of Art, Matthew currently works as a studio assistant to Julian Stair, based in his London studio. Matthew’s tableware collection includes cups and saucers, milk jugs and teapots as well as complete dinner services which are available to commission.

Natasha Daintry

Natasha’s passion for ceramics began in Tokyo. While studying Japanese at Cambridge, she lived with a Tokyo family who introduced her to pots and the language of materials. After university she abandoned plans for a career in the City and slowly felt her way towards ceramics and art. Handling objects at Christie’s, she realised that she wanted to make things herself. and started with night classes in London and went on to study 3-D Design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham.

Now she makes, designs, writes and teaches. At the Royal College of Art, she began exploring colour in an effort to break new ground in the contemporary use of porcelain. Since 2002 she has become known for a decisive and sensitive handling of colour, a quest for exhilaration, and ideas about movement and risk.

Nicholas Lees

Nicholas Lees is a graduate of University of Kent (BA), University of the West of England (BA) and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (MA). His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and is held in private and public collections including York City Art Gallery, Westerwald Keramikmuseum in Germany and Royal Caribbean International. He has won several awards including 3rd prize at the Premio Faenza (Italy) in 2003, the National Sculpture Award from the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool in 2010 and the Desmond Preston Prize for Excellence in Drawing at the RCA in 2012. He worked as a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University between 2000 and 2010 and as a Visiting Lecturer since 2010.

Paul Philp

Paul Philp has been making pottery for forty years. Paul does not coil or use slabs, each piece is built by hand. A slow process, but one which allows the work to evolve naturally. He often combines a mixture of clays which, because of the different shrinking ratios, cause cracking and fissures. Ceramic colours are used only with restraint. Experiments with different forms of crude iron, often combined with tin oxide, have resulted in a range of extraordinary deep red surfaces.

Though all work is fired to about 1260 C, the length and number of firings and the finishing techniques differ as each piece is unique. Many can be fired up to five times. Slips and a very basic dry ash glaze may be applied in varied ways. Dipping, dry glazing over a raw or fired-on slip, creates great difference in the finished result.

As well as developing his skills and ideas as a potter he has spent much of his time learning to build in traditional ways. He is also interested in literature, in ancient culture, oriental art, geology and the natural world and contributed articles to Ceramic Review International Magazine of Ceramics.

Sarah Scampton

Think of clay and the mind connects to the earth; to primitive modelling and to mankind’s first sculpture; to simple vessels hardened by fire in order to bring fluid to lips, food to table; to early experiences of digging hands into damp matter and the joy of forming solid shapes from it. Clay as a baked substance suggests heaviness, solidity, a certain obdurate robustness (despite its fragility when dropped or smashed). Yet Sarah Scampton’s beautiful ceramics defy such expectations. They seem to push at the boundaries of what clay can do. Tall upright vessels emerge from the ground with gossamer-like thinness. Tablets of clay made on the vertical plane appear so fine that their buckling surface might be made from stretched leather or parchment. Enclosed rectangular forms possess subtly undulating walls, suggesting the exhalation of a breath of air within them, gently pushing their contours outwards. What should be heavy appears as light, almost weightless.

Tanya Gomez

Tanya’s work looks at large thrown vessels; the pieces are thrown in parts and assembled to produce larger surfaces that are animated through throwing and glazing. Working in porcelain, she uses a range of approaches in her throwing to create forms that will capture qualities of fluidity, movement, and provide a sense of space. Tanya make these works conscious of natural phenomena and dramatic landscapes, absorbing colour, shape, and the diverse qualities of the sea. She has also always lived by the sea and has a studio on the south coast. All of these influences inspire her work.

Thomas Bohle

Working with clay is an erotic process, not knowing where it will lead. One cannot help but roll with the tide. The ever-changing soft material keeps changing, reacting to every movement of the artist, subtle as it may be, and reflects his inner mood. After burning it lures you into feeling its surface. The attraction remains forever.

Willy Van Bussel

“His cylinders and bowls are eggshell thin inviting the passage of light through their delicate structure. Their hard crispness belies their acquired fragility and invites the observer to question, almost disbelieve, the qualities of the material from which they are made: soft smooth pure porcelain carefully hand crafted on the potters wheel”

Yuta Segawa

Yuta Segawa produces miniature pottery that is small enough to hold in the hand, while maintaining the beautiful forms and colours that are the essence of ceramic pottery. Yuta Segawa, a Japanese artist, uses special techniques he learned in Japan and China. All miniature pots from Yuta Segawa are thrown individually by hand and he uses more than five hundred original glazes he made, so all pots have different character.