Brittany explores the translucent quality and fragile effects that can be produced through the use of porcelain. Taking shape and form as a starting point she creates functional vessels and tableware considering simplicity alongside complexity.
By modifying the traditional technique of slip casting and carving into the plaster moulds, the commonly concealed casting seams are exaggerated and become a main focus of the design. The making processes are emphasised and highly refined creating handmade work of a high quality.
Brittany graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) in Decorative Arts and was able to experiment with a variety of materials before specialising in ceramics. She now works from her studio based in Stockport, Cheshire selling her work across the country.
The Utility Collection
A fresh take on the taxidermy range combining porcelain, leather & metal. Brittany constructs simple forms taking inspiration from industrial cogs and aged rusty tools. The seams created by slab building are highlighted by the rivets, leather handles and rusty screws, nuts and bolts holding the pieces together.
The Seasalt Collection
Working with the theme of subtle detail, Brittany’s Seasalt range incorporates colour through tactile glazes. Taking inspiration from trips to the seaside and the feeling of salt on your skin, these minimal shapes are frosted with salty blue and green glazes. The smooth outer surfaces of the vessels are reflective of soft skin, contrasting the tactile sea salt colours inside.
The Taxidermy Collection
Exploring the unexpected subject of taxidermy, the work is delicately stitched together using a variety of metals. Inspired by a collection of illustrations, Brittany began looking into how the skills used within taxidermy could be incorporated into her work. With a focus on stitching methods and a fascination with combining materials, she began intricately sewing the porcelain together using fine metal wires. These metals also melt with the glazes to create drips of colour on the surface of the vessels. Laser cut leather tags hang from each vessel engraved with the casting number of each unique piece.
Brittany Delany Contemporary Porcelain