Founded and led by directors Bruce Rowe and Claire Hatch, Anchor is an interdisciplinary creative practice working across surface, structure and form. The studio team work to build bridges between art, design, architecture and craft.
Anchor’s collection of refined handmade lighting, hardware and furniture products purposefully show the tactile essence of the clay bodies and glazes developed and utilised in the studio. These methods combine conventional ceramic techniques, digital technologies and unconventional contemporary tools and approaches. The considered surfaces and forms evidence the integration of the enquiry, design and making process.
Product ranges are designed by Bruce Rowe and collectively made using a variety of creative techniques and processes. The studio itself is a place where artists, writers, ceramicists, photographers, artisans, architects and designers collaborate to stretch, and test, their thinking around materiality, place and process.
Anchor’s in-house research and development (R&D) program exists to explore open-ended questions and the enquiry traces methods, techniques and processes that result in new knowledge and a wide range of artefacts and objects. Working collaboratively, the team discover and uncover knowledge about form, clay and glaze as a resource and future applications for use.
Whether through the R&D program or the team’s background in design thinking and making, the creative work stays focused on one thing - exploring the material possibilities of ceramics.
Site Design: Studio Round // Site Build: Bone Digital // Photography: Lisa Cohen, Sean Fennessey, Tatjana Plitt // Video: Tatjana Plitt // Writing contribution: Nikki Stefanoff, Yarn