The New Ceramics Studio Built On Centuries Of Inherited Knowledge
The Jingdezhen province of China is believed to have produced porcelain pottery from as early as the sixth century. It’s been the centre of china production for the nation ever since, producing ‘imperial porcelain’ throughout the Ming dynasty and cultivating great cultural importance around the ancient craft.
Ceramicist Claudia Lau spent a few months there in 2019, researching production methods and learning about the history of the material. She returned to Australia with an independent studio space, a team of makers in Jingdezhen and a way to realise the new ceramics studio concept she had been dreaming up.
‘House Editions has been a long time in the making,’ explains Claudia, dating the initial discussions of the concept to 2018. ‘I started prototyping pieces in my studio, refining my skills and directing my practice to focus more on glaze chemistry.’
House Editions is a ceramics studio, designed in Melbourne and then produced by the team in Jingdezhen.
‘Rather than an independent practice, collaboration is layered in every stage of making, and the process leans on a materiality that is built on centuries of culture and the exchange of inherited knowledge,’ she says.
Claudia launched the new practice a few weeks ago with a pop-up store on Gertrude Street to launch the brand’s debut collection: First Edition. The range of raised rim bowls, scalloped plates and bulb-like vases are all made from porcelain and coated in a specialist glaze from jade crystal and shimmering onyx to icy pink crystal and cosmic beige. (See more of the amazing glaze textures here.)
Though the House Editions pop-up at the Oigall Projects site on Gertrude Street is now closed, House Editions lives permanently online where all the pieces in First Edition are available to shop.