We’ve just heard that Danish designer Melanie Helbak www.storynorth.com has landed her vibrant earthenware designs here in the UK and they’ve got us all ‘fired’ up for getting handy with a paintbrush. Melanie’s simple, graphic designs are decorated by hand using a technique called ‘transfer printing’. We love how her pieces are shaped to fulfill several functions, allowing us to be creative with their use.
“A cup without a handle makes it more usable,” she says. “Suddenly, it can also be used for pencils or as a vase, and it gives both me as a designer and the user more freedom. If the function is not predefined, I’m sure that we will be more aware of which product we use and why we use them.”
We certainly will, Melanie. If you’ve been inspired, why not give ceramic painting a go yourself? All you need is plain ceramic cups, saucers, plates – or whatever takes your fancy, masking tape, a paintbrush, plus a selection of porcelain paints in your chosen colours… and a little imagination. Check out www.held.co.uk for porcelain products and paints.