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Chris Donnelly

  • Ceramicist
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Chris Donnelly Ceramicist
© Chris Donnelly

The subtle beauty of functional tableware

  • • Canadian-born Chris has made Edinburgh his home
  • • He designs and crafts functional tableware
  • • His studio is an open access space for all things ceramic

There is nothing frivolous in Chris Donnelly’s approach to his craft. On the contrary, his functional ceramic tableware is a distinctive blend of pragmatism and experimentation. His style is the result of both fortuitous encounters and an on-going challenge to himself – to isolate and investigate the potential of a technique or a tool, for instance – and there is nothing random in his mindset, which is very designer-led. His independent and rigorous thinking helps him to be truly innovative and contemporary in a subtle and personal way, expressing most of the narrative on the surface of his pieces. “It is not healthy to follow trends.”

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Works

  • © Chris Donnelly
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Photo: © Chris Donnelly
Covered jar

This jar with a lid by Chris Donnelly is made from white stoneware and finished with a matte orange glaze. It is made on a jigger jolly machine from plaster models. The models were turned on a lathe and moulds taken from them. There is a radial texture coming from the centre of the lid, and on the underside.

Diameter 11 cm
Height 10 cm

Photo: © Chris Donnelly
Stalactite cups

This pair of small cups are made in white stoneware and finished with a matte turquoise glaze. They are made by Chris Donnelly on a jigger jolly machine. The model for the mould was 3D printed and cast in silicone. Plaster moulds are then cast from the silicone model. The tessellated pattern repeats six times around the cups.

Diameter 9 cm
Height 7 cm

Photo: © Chris Donnelly
Trumpet cups

These Chris Donnelly cups are made on a jigger jolly machine out of white stoneware and finished with a matte orange glaze. The model for the cup is 3D printed. Working moulds made of plaster are taken from the model. The fluting on the sides of the cup have been inspired by antique dessert glassware.

Diameter 8 cm
Height 8 cm

Photo: © Chris Donnelly
Wedge cup

This Chris Donnelly cup is made out of white stoneware on a jigger jolly machine. It is finished with a matte green glaze. The model for the cup has been turned in plaster on a lathe. Working moulds were then taken off the model.

Diameter 9.5 cm
Height 7.5 cm

Photo: ©Alistair Clark
Stalactite cup with screw top bottle

The body of the bottle is thrown on the potter’s wheel, and the threads are slip cast and attached. The cap is also slip cast. The bottle is then finished with a matte turquoise glaze. The models for the slip cast moulds were 3D printed and cast in silicone. Plaster is then cast in the silicone to create the working slip cast moulds. The cup is made using a jigger jolly machine from a 3D printed model. It is also finished with a matte turquoise glaze. Both are made by Chris Donnelly out of white stoneware

Diameter 10.5 cm
Height 10 cm
Diameter 10 cm
Height 16 cm

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