Signed & Designed

Signed and Designed is a specialist dealership that showcases the work of contemporary potters and ceramicists in the UK. It was established in 2008 by Alison Davey, the founder of AD Antiques, who has many years’ experience in handling some of the finest Antique Ceramics from the British Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Movements.

Signed and Designed operates alongside AD Antiques, supporting the ongoing tradition of British ceramic art, and representing exceptional artists working in contemporary ceramics today.

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Heidi Warr "Lunar Sunrise"

Lunar Sunrise I am very proud to introduce my Lunar Sunrise piece. The Lunar Sunrise is an abstract mixed media installation group of four. The design conveys a simple beauty of form representing the birth of a new day through the sunrise, bringing with it new possibilities, hopes and dreams. The inspiration for this piece developed from admiring the amazing sunrises and sunsets we are fortunate to see in our country. The graduated range of colours in them make them quite breath-taking. There is something special about sunrises and sunsets, they captivate us and give us time to reflect. Whilst researching areas around the world which boast some of the most impressive sunrises and sunsets, my attention was captured by images of lunar sunrises. A lunar sunrise is seen when the sun’s corona begins to become visible from behind the moon. At the very beginning stage of this process there is a wonderful contrast between the deep cold darkness of space and the warm brightness of the corona which increases to an array of colours as the sun continues to rise. I was captured by that initial contrast, there was such a beautiful simplicity to its form. After many initial sketches I felt only an abstract design would enable me to focus on the beautiful simplicity of the contrast I found so captivating. As the design evolved I decided to extend the contrast beyond the colours and took the bold step of using different mediums within the piece. Polished aluminium sections were carefully selected to represent the sun’s life-giving energy and hand-thrown earthenware clay sections decorated with a black underglaze and were chosen to represent the deepness of space. As the design developed it was apparent that one piece on its own would not have been sufficient to represent the abstract lunar sunrise I was seeking. After many experiments I decided that four pieces were needed. They created a stunning effect. When the pieces are placed in a certain way and viewed from a particular distance the lunar sunrise comes to life. During my research for this piece I could not find examples of ceramic and metal being combined together to create the structure of a vessel. It is always exciting to work in new ways. Some of the challenges in the creation of this piece were the need for fine tolerances in the clay sections, anyone who has worked with clay will know how difficult it can be to produce the exact same shape and size every time. A further challenge was to deconstruct the clay piece and create a structure that enabled the clay and aluminium sections to fit together to create the abstract effect I was seeking. I would like to thank my friend, a local engineer, for his attention to detail and patients. The Lunar Sunrise piece is an installation group of four. The size of the small piece is 5.5” (height) x 4” (width) the size of the medium piece is, 12.5” (height) x 3” (width) and the two large pieces are 16” (height) x 5.25” (width). Each piece is numbered 1 – 4. The recommended retail price for the Lunar Sunrise installation is £10,360 inc VAT.Read more

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10 360 GBP

Heidi Warr "Passion for the Poppy" Vase

Artists statement: Passion for the Poppy The inspiration for this design originated whilst I was walking around a sculpture park in Yorkshire. The park had many wonderful works of contemporary art but it was one of nature’s works of art that left a lasting impression on me. A meandering path through the beautiful countryside gave way to a field of red poppies gently swaying in the warm summer breeze. I was captivated by the amazing sight of those beautiful red poppy flowers, their colour was just so vivid that they almost looked out of place in the landscape. Creative ideas came to mind with a flurry of designing possibilities filling me with excitement, but those feelings were tempered by the significance the red poppy flower has in our culture. The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance for those that gave their lives in the First World War and in subsequent wars. I felt that any design I created had to pay respect to that significant symbolism. I thought carefully about how I could create a design using stylised poppies in a way that paid respect to the significance of their meaning. Whilst researching the design I was amazed to learn that red poppies often grow on ground that has been disturbed. Sightings during the war suggested there were large areas of landscape that were baron as a result of the battles. The baron areas were juxtaposed with areas of lush red from the growth of poppies that had been brought to life as a result of the ground being disturbed. I felt that was the essence that I wanted to capture in my design, the polar difference between the baron battlefields and the colourful emergence of the poppy flowers. The geometric pattern I developed for the design symbolises the continuity of the earth, broken in places resulting from conflict. I wanted there to be a stark contrast in the design reflecting the landscape after the war, so I created areas of poppies symbolising remembrance and areas left open to represent the un-nurtured emptiness of those baron plains. Each design varies slightly in the application of the poppies. I also chose this special piece to use a new technique of carving into the clay to create the centre of each poppy flower to give the design extra texture and depth. On the base of each piece, I have used the very poignant words from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem entitled For the Fallen: “We will remember them”. The title for this design is “Passion for the Poppy”. I gave the design that title because I think that reflects how dearly we hold the symbolism of that little red flower and all that it means. I have created the Passion for the Poppy design on my square tower shape 5” wide (approx) and 13” high (approx). The Passion for the Poppy design is limited to 4. The recommended retail price for the Passion for the Poppy is £2,880 inc VAT.Read more

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2 880 GBP

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