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The Designer Maker,  April 2015 issue

"A tableware designer whose work includes high street hits and handcrafted collections" words Alex Kristal

CHANCES ARE YOU ALREADY OWN tableware by Sue Pryke, who has designed for retail giants such as Sainsbury's and Next.. Her '365+' range, the first of many collaborations with IKEA, remains one of the brand's best selling collections after two decades in production, and her 'Reda' cheese grater, also for IKEA, can be found in many kitchens."

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Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2014

Sue Pryke has an impressive career steeped in ceramic design and manufacture, combining teaching and in-house design for major brands with running her own studio. She studied first at Leicester Polytechnic and then at the Royal College of Art and has designed numerous collections for companies that include Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, M&S, Waitrose and Ikea. The judges looked, in particular, at two ranges that Sue is producing in the studio she set up last year. She has modelled the shapes in plaster, turning them on a lathe, and then the pieces are handmade in two small UK
factories. Terracotta tableware includes bowls, jugs and tumblers, with a contrast of dull terracotta and a glossy cream glaze. Her white bone china with simple forms includes bowls, plates, creamer, sugar box and mugs. Sue is also producing her own designs in wood, leather, metal and even concrete. “I love exploring materials,” she says. “I use small factories and studios in England to make high-quality products by hand.”

INSPIRATIONS “Simple, everyday, functional forms and intuitive decisions that influence choice.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID “Understated, afford-able, functional and elegant. Sounds easy but is very hard to achieve.” “Designs that fit in rather than stand out,
a true test of excellence.” “In-built longevity.”

WHAT NEXT? “I’m expanding my own contemporary craft-made tableware, and working on exclusive ranges for bigger British brands.”

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