Designer: Romy Northover of ‘NO.’ ceramics
The proportions of these little macchiato mugs are so well placed and thought out. The long, gaping handles contrast effectively with the espresso sized cups.
They’re so beautifully considered that I’m willing to overlook the fact that I only know one person who has ever ordered a macchiato! Though that is entirely my own fault for both being Irish and living in Britain. We only just got coffee shops for realsies in the last 5 years or so. We have other culture OK?! (Our swill baskets for one.)
Ms. Northover opened an artist’s space in New York in 2012 at Togei Kyoshitsu, available to students of the traditional Japanese pottery school, where anyone can take classes. Originally trained in European ceramic arts in Venice, Berlin and at Goldsmiths here in London, she changed focus after working in Hong Kong. She now favours the Japanese techniques of Kinuneri (a kneading method that’s also used in making soba-noodle dough), Tebineri (similar to coil pots) and Rokuro (throwing -watch this mesmerising video-). I imagine availing of the classes provided at the artist’s spaces at Togei Kyoshitsu helped her hone her skills.
The artistic, painterly brush strokes daubed onto the little mugs perfectly reference the Japanese workmanship. They have a calligraphic flair and a looseness that only comes with years of experience. These mugs are part of the Freedom collection.
‘No.’ ceramics studio is in Long Island City NYC and is stocked around the world but, as always (if you can), its nice to buy direct from the artist at her online shop.
I can’t finish up this post without showing you Northover’s gorgeous tea cups that lead me to find the ‘No.’ studio range:
If you do like her stuff then check out the rest of her work on romyno.com, don’t miss the Mountain Bolt and Tigris collections. For the nosey, like me, check out her Pinterest, where you can really see her influences, especially in ‘World’, ‘Spirit Animal’, and ‘2D’.
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