Some good honest working furniture here. Commissioned by a ceramicist at Hanham Court these pieces had to be both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Clay is not a light material and on top of that the changing moist and dry nature of clay puts the bench tops under constant duress. This isn’t an issue for the thick solid oak tops which are carried by the robust maple subframe that has square oak pegs holding firm the mortise and tenon joints. It’s all in the detail.
A display case was also commissioned for the studio. Simple lines keep it in touch with the benches. We broke up the bench’s regular form in the display piece by splitting up the shelf lengths which give a good range of display space for the broad array of pottery exhibited.