For Olivia Horley, pots provide a quiet and humble sanctuary. Filling them, holding and drinking from them, or simply contemplating their form, can conjure a moment of calm out of an everyday activity. Hand thrown and shaped in her East Sussex studio, these little cups are treated with a metallic oxide glaze to give a burnished bronze effect. The insides have a smooth and cool duck-egg glaze. Gently scalloped edges make them a pleasure to hold – use for drinks or for precious items.
However, we would recommend washing by hand
Horley grew up around pottery. A French studio potter lived on her family’s farm, and she would watch him throw from a young age. Handmade pottery was part of daily life: the Mexican Pueblo ware from her mother’s childhood, Danish pieces collected by her parents, Limoges from her grandfather. Her grandparents were artists, and at the Steiner school she attended, making by hand – something the Steiner movement believes connects us to humanity – was taken very seriously.Visit Designer Page
"I like a pot to tell the history of its making and materiality, rather than eradicate the process for a polished end piece. "