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Anchor Ceramics


Anchor Ceramics explores the dimensional possibilities of clay. The studio makes ceramic objects that enrich the senses and our quality of space. We consciously design and form objects to evolve with use. Our work is elemental, connected to people and the earth.

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Anchor Ceramics


Anchor Ceramics explores the dimensional possibilities of clay. The studio makes ceramic objects that enrich the senses and our quality of space. We consciously design and form objects to evolve with use. Our work is elemental, connected to people and the earth.

Lighting


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Lighting


LIGHTING

Luminous texture. Refined handmade forms.

Anchor’s lighting collection is designed to show the beauty of the different clay bodies we use to make our light fittings. The range is handmade in Melbourne, Australia using a number of artisanal manufacturing methods. Some of these methods are as old as ceramics themselves, while others marry traditional pottery techniques with contemporary tools and techniques. Through these handmade processes, each light fitting we make is unique; an object with a carefully considered form and a surface rich with the evidence of its handmade origins.

We are currently producing four collections of lighting products. The Potter Light, a pendant range in varying sizes and finishes. The Potter Halo, pendants made using a delicate translucent porcelain and the Earth Light, a fitting that is made in two sizes of wall light and matching pendant formats. Our latest release, the Potter DS, is a wall and pendant light that blends traditional, hand-made pottery techniques with cutting edge digital technologies

 

Planters


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Planters


PLANTERS

Wheel thrown geometric forms.

Anchor planters are handmade in limited quantities in our studio in Melbourne, Australia. Thrown on a potter’s wheel, each planter we make is a unique object. A designed container for your plants with a carefully considered form and a surface rich with the textural evidence of its handmade origins.

The planters were originally conceived in terracotta and as a reworking of the ubiquitous terracotta pots and pipes typically found in Australian gardens. The planter range has since evolved to include two different forms, six sizes, five earthy glaze options and terracotta. 

Each glaze finish is the result of focussed testing and refinement and is designed to complement both the clean geometric forms of the planters and the plants that will ultimately nest within the form. Each glaze finish has a natural compatibility with the broad colour spectrum and foliage of the plant world. The glaze finishes have also been designed to integrate and complement other objects created by the Anchor studio.

 

Object


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Object


OBJECT

 Architectural Hardware

Architectural Hardware

 Pet Bowls

Pet Bowls

 U-Cut Vase

U-Cut Vase

 Anchor Table

Anchor Table

Form and material exploration in clay.

We work on clay time. Far from industrial or automated processes, yet often employing current technologies and techniques, the works take considerable time to make by hand. The objects go through careful making stages with long drying times, material phase changes and multiple firings. The forms are created using thrown, constructed and extruded ceramic processes. The specific nature of a clay body's texture, colour and grain are celebrated in the design and never concealed. No single part of the process can be skipped or harried.

Colour is significant factor in our process and often glazes are applied to the surface of the forms we are making. The glazes have evolved through years of testing and development to find the delicate balance between hue, tone, transparency, durability and gloss level.

Working with clay keeps our studio present, future focused and at the same time connected to the rich history of making that spans different disciplines and eras. Our studio practices have been formed over time; they are integrated and consistent throughout the stages of our design process. Sometimes we work with a brief, sometimes we self-initiate work, we collaborate and commission and we are commissioned. Creative risk-taking and material decisions are constants in this process and are central to realising a three dimensional sensorial object.

 

Surface


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Surface


SURFACE

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 Architectural Hardware
 Pet Bowls
 U-Cut Vase

Custom ceramic surface commissions.

Anchor Ceramics produces tiled ceramic surfaces through a direct commissioning model. The commissioning approach supports the production of a bespoke ceramic surface designed specifically for a particular project. Surfaces are designed and produced under the direction of Anchor’s Creative Director, Bruce Rowe.

Our commissioning model supports greater expression in the design phase and responds directly to design industry requests for one off, bespoke and project specific solutions. The flexibility of this approach enables the studio to develop ceramic surfaces that have enhanced spatial, textural or three-dimensional qualities.

Ceramic surface commissions are undertaken in consultation with architects or designers, ideally from the earliest design stages of a project. Each project has different requirements - some clients prefer to leave the design work up to us, while others prefer to be more involved in the design process. With either approach, we work with a design team as required to design, develop and realise a custom ceramic surface design and made specifically for the project.

As an initial step please review the information available for download below and contact the studio directly to discuss your project needs.

 

Studio


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Studio