In April 2021, Pophams Home commissioned ‘the status of zero’ to make a range of reduction-fired tableware, including matcha bowl, teacup and cup. I was very excited as a regular customer of its sibling business, the popular local bakery Pophams in East London.
I created a special clay recipe for this project. It is a mix of three stoneware clays, creating a subtle marble mark on each piece. Each piece is different, and with its own characters, it shows the making process and firing process. The pieces closer to the gas flame and at the top of the kiln get a more robust burning appearance.
The pieces are finished with snowflake crackle-glazed inside. The crystallised crackle surface is only achievable in the reduction-firing atmosphere. It is high-fired stoneware; each piece is carefully made. The pieces are made to last for a lifetime. The best care is to hand wash properly after each usage. It is not recommended to put them into the dishwasher and stack them with other pieces.
In 2022, there is a limited number of double-rim dinner plates and side plates hand-thrown by me on the pottery wheel for Pophams Home. The lovely weighty plates have been designed with a white glazed topside and smooth unglazed stoneware texture underside. They are created to be used on both sides. So it would be perfect for serving different dishes. The sides have been rounded off to ensure it’s easy to pick up and put down on the table, and there is a raised inner rim to ensure the food stays on the plate.