The trend for bespoke started a few years ago now but it shows no sign of slowing down. Having said that it needs to be a little more sophisticated than just sticking our initials (or those of our children) on everything.
These gorgeous blue and white cups are just the perfect way to take this idea one step further.
They’re made by Rhian Malin, who recently graduated from a course inThree Dimensional Design at Camberwell College of Art. Each one is individually made when participants are asked to gently squash a freshly thrown pot to the shape of their hands. So not only is each one unique but what could be nicer than hugging your cup of tea or coffee and knowing that it will fit perfectly into your hands?
When the pot has been shaped, magnified details from the blue and white willow pattern are then projected onto them which distort to the individual forms of each vessel and further accentuates their unconventional contours. They’re available ready-made from Cavaliero Finn for £50.
However, Rhian said to me yesterday (via Debra at Cavaliero Finn) that if you wanted to have one made to your own hands then to get in touch. Her studio is in Warwickshire and obviously it would be priced accordingly for her extra time, but it might just make that extra special present for someone.
If you want to see the vessels in true life (as my 11-year-old would say) as well as many other pieces in the Cavaliero Finn collection, then you can head to their Christmas show on 28-30 November 2014 – Cavaliero Finn at Home, 268 Croxted Road, London, SE24 9DA.