Darcy Eloise Hill
I have studied design for many years and now finally feel that I have found my place being a multidisciplinary designer with a current interest in ceramics.
I design through making and in doing this have learnt multiple ways of portraying my designs in physical forms with both timber and clay. Designing for me, also requires a close connection to the narrative. In the future I aim to expand my knowledge with other disciplines such as metal and glass.
The Bubble Collection
The bubble collection is a set of six hand-thrown ceramic tea bowls initially inspired by the Covid-19 “bubble of six” rule. They nest neatly within each other and when un-stacked you will notice that they are all individually marked around the base with a variety of glazes which represent people going outside of their bubble.
Aside from the narrative of the project, they rest comfortably within the palms of your hands; the purpose of not having handles is so that you know when the tea is at optimum drinking temperature as you are warmed from both the inside and out.
The tea bowls are stored within a handmade wooden case, you can peak through the slight gaps into the case before the temptation takes over to unravel and see what is held inside. The whole collection hints towards a Japanese design influence.
The Potters Chair
The Potters Chair is a chair for makers designed by a maker. Since becoming obsessed with throwing during my placement year and throughout lockdown, it proved to be very difficult coming back to design furniture for my final year of university, until the thought arose to combine both disciplines I have learnt.
The main function of this chair is to work alongside a potter’s wheel, the seat and frame are not connected which enables the seat the be positioned on different tilts, this allows the potter to sit in a better position when throwing.
The entire seat was made by myself in Oak, each strut of the frame is turned, the back rest is laminated, with small brass features and a ceramic coin which allows the potter to put their own makers mark on the chair. The organic-shaped seat has been cut on the CNC and it is all finished with white oil which brings out the grain in a beautifully subtle way.