Inspired by the V&A's glass and ceramic collections

03 May 2013

Ceramics at the V&AThe V&A has always been a valuable source of inspiration for Spaceform. The glass collection houses a specially commissioned glass staircase by Danny Lane, an artist who was a huge inspiration when Spaceform was originally formed, and who continues to be today.
It only felt right that when our newest designer Mark and I were searching for some inspiration for our next designs, we returned to the V&A. This time however we were going to see not only the glass collection, but also the greatest and most comprehensive collection of ceramics in the world.
When entering the atrium foyer at the V&A we were immediately met with one of the museums most impressive pieces, Dale Chihuly's Rotunda chandelier. It is simply a must see for anyone who enjoys glass. Goodness knows how they got that up there in the first place!

As we are set to launch our first ever range of ceramic pieces in the near future we then headed to the ceramic department. The wall-to-wall cabinets and the endless corridors of patterns and shapes show the history of the world’s love with ceramics.
Viewing different periods in ceramics next to each other is always interesting as shapes that were first made centuries ago are still being used today. The only shame is that at 164.5 cm high I found it a bit tricky to view the top shelves.

Colin Reid glass sculptureWhen we visited the glass section we got to see a personal favourite of mine and a piece that never fails to impress me, “Untitled” by Colin Reid. To be honest my poor iPhone shot pictured here definitely doesn’t do it any justice, it simply has to be viewed live at the gallery to be fully appreciated.
By the end of our afternoon the battery in my iPhone was ready to die, courtesy of the huge amount of photographs I had taken. I definitely recommend a visit to the V&A to any of our customers who are interested in seeing some of the best examples of glass and ceramic work in the world.

All the best,

Senior Designer at Spaceform and 0.5 cm taller than the other designers.

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