Loaf Toast Rack in Salmon & Kumquat

The Loaf Toast Rack by Joe Hartley is a functional piece of homeware, created in satsuma and lichen coloured stoneware clay. Here Joe shows us that the simplest and most minimal interactions with the clay can result in the most practical and characterful pieces, welcome on any family breakfast table.

Joe set out to create a functional piece, in this case a toast rack, using the smallest numbers of moves possible and free from the use of tools. Each rack is made by slicing a full loaf that has been physically extruded by Joe's hands. It is inspired by 'sledging', an extrusion process originally used to achieve long-lengths of architectural detailing, such as cornicing. Like any slice from a loaf, each is unique and you are welcome to take your pick.
Material: Buff stoneware clay. "
cm: Width 25cm, Depth 2.5cm, Height 12cm
inches: Width 9.8in, Depth 1in, Height 4.7in
Care Instructions: To be cleaned with a hot damp cloth only.

Starting with a full bag of clay, Joe drags his fingers down the material to produce five long valleys. This length is then sliced into several toast racks and each one is dipped in rubber to seal it. Each batch contains 10 racks, complete with two end-crusts.
The Maker Joe Hartley Designer - North West England

Working from his Manchester studio, Joe Hartley makes ceramic objects and homewares that communicate ideas about the way we interact with objects and space. Inspired by quotidian tasks, his objects have a precise function and considered design. Central to Joe’s practice is his potter’s wheel, which he uses to create clean, minimal ceramic pieces, often including secondary materials, such as cork, wood and textiles. In 2014, Joe was shortlisted for the prestigious Perrier-Jouet Art Salon Prize.

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