As the festive season beckons, The New Craftsmen will be bringing you Little Tales of Great Beauty; a deep exploration of the stories and inspirations behind our Makers and their new collections, to reveal and celebrate the innate beauty of their work.
Over the next few weeks, The New Craftsmen has invited makers to bring each tale to life through literary quotes, poetry and prose. Each collection will be paired with an evocative quote selected by the makers; bringing both object and words together to tell a tale of great beauty.
Tale Four: Tradition
Drawing inspiration from Medieval making methods, Fitch and McAndrew present a new collection of decorative yet durable pieces informed by Douglas Fitch's interest in archeology and his passion for exploring the ploughed fields of Northamptonshire hunting for ancient potsherds.
Fitch & McAndrew have chosen to work with a narrow pallet of materials, using only those that would have been available to Medieval potters. Thanks to their local geology, similar materials are readily available today, enabling the makers to emulate centuries old pottery traditions.
Using a blend of earthenware clay sourced from Devon, Fitch & McAndrew often work with warm palettes of chocolate brown and honey, inspired by their local landscape. Each jug and dish are one-off pieces, richly detailed as well as functional; making them the perfect addition to any festive tablescape.
Come fill me full with Liquor sweet.
For that is good when friends do meet.
But pray take care don't let me fall.
Lest you lost your Liquor Jugg and all.
Inscription from a Barnstaple Harvest jug, dated 1812
Explore our Traditional Edit below.