Martin Vorster & Dominic Braye never set out to start a ceramics studio. The accountant and engineer partners decided to take pottery classes as a creative outlet and a new passion was born. As well as an interest in the ceramic medium itself, they also wanted to create the items they’d like to have in their own home.
Based in Cape Town, the Vorster & Braye studio and workshop is a feast for the eyes with stylish ceramics in varied tones, from earthy shades and subtle metallics, to accent and brighter statement pieces. Each piece is handcrafted and designed with understated elegance to stand the test of time.
Vorster and Braye's design ethos is to blend function with a stripped back decorative element. The focus is on simplicity – with form and finish the priority, rather than pattern. The interest comes from the dynamic mix of finishes - matt and gloss, glazed and unglazed surfaces, and contrasting colors. The duo draw a lot of inspiration from Mid-Century ceramics and architecture, plus industrial design.
Whilst the pair’s creative process is modern, combining freehand drawings with 3d computer modeling, they use traditional techniques to craft each piece - throwing, slip casting and jigging. We love seeing the team at work in the studio, demonstrating their talents on the wheel.
Terracotta Cylinder Thrown on the Wheel
A quick throwing demonstration on the wheel. The basic cyclinder is the first shape we're taught to throw and is the foundation of most forms that can be created on the wheel.Posted by Vorster & Braye Ceramic Design on Wednesday, 10 July 2019
We are delighted to bring some of the highlights from this South African ceramics studio to the American market. This collection finds the sweet spot between the past and the future, between organic and geometric, between glaze and matte, and between earthy tones and vibrant hues. We love to think of these vases, jugs and bowls bringing timeless beauty, function and joy to your home.
All imagery courtesy of Vorster & Braye @vorsterandbraye