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Retail for Galleries & Museums: Bridget Macklin

The fourth in our series on makers who create objects perfect for museum and gallery retailers is ceramicist Bridget Macklin. Bridget’s simple and beautifully made vessels and lights exemplify the kind of product we are profiling in this  virtual partnership with the Association for Cultural Enterprises. Have a browse through Bridget’s virtual “stand”, enjoy the fine porcelain and intriguing mark-making created by her unique techniques, and then decide which pieces would be perfect to find in your favourite museum’s retail offering.

Bridget’s work starts with the blank canvas of  thin sheets of pure white porcelain, which has connotations of beauty, value and fragility. Into this Bridget mixes local raw materials from a wide variety of sources: the side of a river; the excavation of a hole; the edge of a car park; the waste heap of a Cornish copper mine. Geology is at the core of her work, using these found materials  to build vibrant strata of colour and  interest through the porcelain. She says, “The only limit to interpretation is the viewer’s imagination. I delight in taking risks with materials, repeatedly refining them, constantly striving to create thin, lustrous work which only reveals its full nature on closer inspection.”

The insides of Bridget’s vessels are glazed to draw out the colour. The exterior is polished and waxed to a unique glow. She takes commission for vessels and lighting and is delighted to make work that responds to particular locations, saying “I enjoy collaborating on location-specific ranges of quality ceramics, which would appeal to the more discerning customer.”

Contact Bridget here.

Posted on

25.03.2020

Posted by

Liz Cooper

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