Bruce Rowe, the architect and ceramicist behind Anchor Ceramics, opens Structures 2015-2016 today at Hub Furniture, the first in a new series of art and design initiatives by the designer.

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Bruce is the founder of Anchor Ceramics, a design studio that operates in an applied research, prototyping and product development capacity. The studio is built on a model that places well designed, high quality products that are made by hand with love and care at the heart of its endeavour.

Showing at Hub Sydney and Melbourne, Structures 2015-2016 is a selection of pieces from an ongoing body of work that is positioned between Bruce’s creative disciplines of art and design. The work represents a practice of visual inquiry that has run concurrently with roles in the design and architecture professions over the last twenty years. Whilst this work is now deeply embedded within the creative activities of the Anchor studio, it’s more often a catalyst for the design process at Anchor, rather than having a direct and traceable connection to a specific design outcome or product.

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The work selected for the exhibitions have both informed and evolved from the production techniques developed for Anchor. In the simplest of explanations, thick slabs of clay are rolled flat and hand cut into a series of abstract forms. Each piece is an unplanned, one-off object that is an artefact or remnant of Bruce’s engagement with the material and a reflection on a moment in time. Whilst there is a clear connection to his architectural background and the outputs of the Anchor studio, this direct exploration of making and material is really about maintaining an open-ness to the uncertainty of the creative process.

The limited edition, one-off pieces in stoneware glazed Raku clay are on show and available for purchase at Hub until 20 June.

Photography by Lisa Cohen

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