Ann and Stuart Mercer
Ann graduated in 2013 from Central St. Martins with a First Class Honours in Ceramic Design. Stuart, an architect, joined her in 2014 and they work collaboratively on pieces in their studio in South London.
Ann's current collection is based on post-modernist, asymmetrical and symmetrical architectural forms. They are slip cast in earthenware or porcelain and decorated with patterns derived from the urban environment, grids, heating louvres and the geometric structural patterns on buildings such as Kings Cross station, with a colour palette of black, orange, green, blue and grey, based on Renzo Piano's recent development at St. Giles Circus, Covent Garden, London.
Her most recent work comprises wall pieces which are an assemblage of her geometric slip cast porcelain and ceramic transfer forms.
Stuart's wall pieces explore the concept of chance through the random re-arrangement of a finite labyrinth patterns of architecturally inspired tile forms. It is the resulting interplay of tile shapes, the transformation from the rational to the irrational, man's hand and serendipity, that makes each piece unique.
His other work includes slip cast objects of geometric shapes based on golden section proportions with applied glazing or acrylic spray finishes in striking graphic patterns also using golden section or Fibonacci rules.