Fourmakers@No.5 is a new collective of design graduates who have won support from Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop their creative businesses.
Libby Ward Contemporary Jeweller
Libby juxtaposes unusual and unexpected materials using a myriad of making processes. She starts with objects that have interesting textures, and recreates them by casting them in resin, silicone or latex. She then adds materials, etching, coating, layering, stretching, heating and also breaking them. Libby also works in metals, by etching on textures or images, and electroforming and experimenting with patination.
Amy Helena Clarke Ceramic and Surface Pattern Design
Amy’s bold design features have been noted in design magazines including Mix Magazine and Living etc. Her first design collection was showcased at Topdrawer, Earls Court, and she has also exhibited at Maison et Objet, Paris. Quality and modern trends are paramount to her products, which are all made entirely in Stoke-on-Trent, sourcing local manufacturers and screen printers.
Brydee Gillbard Designs
Through the process of tessellation, Brydee creates intriguing ceramic wall art pieces, installations and objects. Her range includes tableware, inspired by the idea that classic everyday objects can be transformed into objets d'art. Her process begins with precise paper maquettes, which become the basis for her slip casting technique. Working in this way, Brydee uses the tactility of ceramics to interact with the exploration of geometric forms.