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Working with predominantly raw clay, Phoebe Cummings creates temporary sculptures and installations, made on site and only lasting the duration of the exhibition. Responding to the natural world around her, her work interprets art and design sources, including porcelain sculpture, botanical illustration, prints and architectural ornament. Patternbank love the natural poetic and delicate fragility of her work, that is only with us for it’s allotted time. Phoebe Cummings has also just been awarded BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, in partnership with the V&A and the Crafts Council, this prize aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK today. To see more of her beautiful work check out her Instagram.

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Patternbank were intrigued by Rodrigo Torres new direction into ceramics. Torres has previously worked with cut-paper collage, using currency to create intricate and fantastical scenes, also featured on the Patternbank Blog here. This new medium sees him experiment with vessel-like sculptures in stark contrast to the familiar, pristine, decorative vases found throughout China. Instead we see what appears to be vases still in their packaging, with broken pieces of fragile tape, where clay forms are painted to resemble cardboard textures, looking amazingly realistic. Read more about his work via

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The personal Art Collection of the late David Bowie has caused quite a stir this week, which is not surprising when you see it contains some 400 items of which over 200 are from some of the most important British artists of the 20th century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie was an avid and passionate collector of 20th-century British Art, with a deep understanding of the artworks he owned.

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” – DAVID BOWIE quoted in The New York Times, 1998.

The Bowie/Collector collection is currently on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Galleries, London and online so if you can spare some time go check it out before it goes under the hammer. The artworks will be auctioned by on the 10 – 11th November Here are some of Patternbank’s favourites including the wonderful ‘Fanaglo Store’ by Norman Catherine and the magnificent ‘Air Power’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which is expected to fetch up to £3.5 million.

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The Patternbank team returned to Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival 5-7 June 2015. This year the festival picked up 2 Gold Best Event awards in Devon and Silver for South West Tourism Event of the Year. The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest craft events with over 200 diverse and talented makers of ceramics, textiles, mixed media, jewellery, glass and furniture. Here are some of our favourites from the day.

Katrin Moye


Working with ceramics and paper Katrin Moye focuses on surface decoration, with patterns referencing personal memories, literature, family history and folk art. In particular her childhood memories of Germany in 1970’s with references to her German family roots and Scandinavian style influences from her Danish godmother.

Bryony Rose


Bryony Rose creates whimsical animals sculpted from beautiful vintage fabrics adding details in lace and decorative buttons. We particularly love her playful mice balanced on old cotton reels, so pretty.

Ella Robinson


Unique, vibrant and decorative would best describe Ella Robinson’s one of pieces of driftwood and washed-up artefacts collected from the south coast of England. Driftwood is made interesting with stitched patterns, cacti imagery and wrapped in brilliant striped threads.

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Ceramics can be more than just a decorated plate or vase and Molly Hatch’s installations are fine examples of contemporary decoration. Taking inspiration from historical trends in ceramic and fabric design Hatch mixes things up, playing with scale and creating detail that becomes part of a bigger picture. Hatch’s work has a strong drawing style with a whimsical feel which translates well to fabric and other areas of surface design, she has produced some fabulous tableware for Anthropologie and stunning limited edition pieces for the V&A. Check out more of her great style at and her blog here.


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Born in Moscow in 1957, Irina Zaytceva began her career as a book illustrator after completing an advanced degree at the prestigious Moscow Art Institute. After years in book illustration Irina became interested in sculpture and in particular she developed a desire to work with porcelain. Unbelievably these pieces are usually created without sketches and evolve during the creative process. Irina’s interest in history is evident in the characters she paints onto her ceramic bases, and after the final firing an application of gold lustre adds a magical Byzantine quality to these alluring masterpieces. See more here



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The detail in Greg Irvine’s paintings is so rich with pattern and meticulous in arrangement that Patternbank were hard pushed to know what to look at first. Patterned wallpapers and fabrics mix with an array of florals and beautiful tableware amongst other surprising ornaments, where ornately dressed figures are almost camouflaged with their surroundings. Take a look at Irvine’s incredible Melbourne home on The Design Files and you’ll recognise some of the objects and fabrics alongside remarkable collections of antique furniture, ceramics, tableware, glassware, enamelware, tortoiseshell, vintage fabrics and much more! A selection of Irvine’ new paintings are on show at Hawthorn Studio and Gallery until 29th November.


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Patternbank recently discovered the work of ceramic artist Chris Taylor at a local exhibition. Taylor’s beautifully decorated ceramics incorporate complex glazes with beautiful pattern and texture work, combining materials and techniques which are not commonly seen side by side. Taylor grew up in South East London, after completing a degree in a ceramics at the University of the West of England he moved to Devon to embark upon an apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery. After experience working in several ceramic studios across the country Taylor returned to study at the Royal College of Art. See more of his stunning ceramics at


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The Patternbank team were at the recent Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon where a fantastic array of designer/makers in mediums from ceramics, furniture, glass, metal, mixed media, jewellery and textiles, show and sell their work to the public. The Contemporary Craft Festival was founded in 2003 as a non-profit making company. One of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed craft events in the UK, visitor attendance has grown from 4,000 to 8,000 in the last decade, not surprising when you see the quality of work on show. The festival also provides a fantastic day out with creative workshops and a much loved children’s craft tent not forgetting Punch and Judy. Here we give you a taster of the show and some of our favourites with a distinct pattern feel.


Cleo Mussi

Cleo Mussi is an established Mosaic Artist with a background in Textiles where she trained at Goldsmiths in the late 80’s. Mussi has a particular interest in recycled fabrics, knowledge of pattern, print, weave and stitch which translates easily into reclaimed ceramic. Particularly known for her humorous twists and great attention to detail her work stands out from the crowd.


Zoe Hillyard

Zoe Hillyard works with textiles to create these seemingly exquisite ceramic vessels. Discarded and broken ceramics are disguised to perfection with an array of beautiful vintage textile pieces, each segment carefully stitched together, seeing is believing.

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American ceramic artist Nathan Craven constructs these beautiful installations using ceramics and his own version of bricks, defining space in ways that determine our interactions with architecture and volume. Craven constructs walls and floors that draw your attention to spaces that would otherwise go unnoticed and interaction is essential. Like cosmic puzzles these patterns fit together and transform the spaces they incorporate. Check out more of his captivating artwork and the process involved at


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Patternbank love New York based painter and sculptor Francesca DiMattio’s approach to mixing multiple objects in different painterly styles. Intricately layered scenes of architecture, patterned furnishings, flowers and still life objects are structured like post-modern quilts. Salon 94 presented a solo exhibition of her work titled, “Table Setting and Flower Arranging” back in April 2012. The juxtaposition of ceramics and painting is dynamic with porcelain vessels that DiMattio melds together using contrasting glazing techniques such as painted gold lustre to lava crackle. The mix of china painted roses and references to 17th Century French Chinoiserie with mass-produced kitch objects shift between beauty and real visual impact with their towering floral displays. Visit to see more of DiMattios fascinating work.


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Inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2013 – Marbled Paint Effects – Molten Glass Patterns – Cracked Painterly Prints – Textured Landcapes – Drawn Lines – Layered Textures – Subtle Colour Washes – Bright Accents – Artisan Style

Norman Stuart Clarke, Luke Brooks A/W 2012 image via, Kurt Jackson, Eva Isaksen, Missoni A/W 2012 image via