Sugar Cone Light in Green

Rich Miller
Sugar Cone Light in Green by ceramicist Rich Miller is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. Rich has made this pendant light in response to the 18th century sugar industry and looks to his own cultural ancestry. Having found a sherd of a sugar cone while mudlarking on the foreshore of the River Thames, Rich became fully immersed in learning the history of these objects and the transatlantic triangular trade. The sugar industry created enormous wealth for Europe but at the expense of the exploitation of the workers, who were enslaved. At that time, sugar was sold in solid form, in cones made from pottery moulds. Rich has created forms which reflect the shape of these forms, in a colour palette referencing the innumerable sherds of pottery he found on the foreshore.

This light comes as standard with a suspension hook and 3m chain with brown twisted fabric cable and E27 bulb holder. International wiring available, please enquire.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Diameter 19.5cm, Height 35cm
inches: Diameter 7.7in, Height 13.8in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm, soapy water
image Honey
image Teal
image Black
Lead Time: 4-6 weeks


This collection has taken Rich on a very personal journey. The forms of the light have been thrown to reflect the forms of the sugar cone. The glazes for the lights pick up on the tones found in sherds from the Thames - the ochres and rich honeys of medieval wares, along with browns and greens of German salt glazed pots. The black derives from some of the Roman and Neolithic fragments and rich greens from the array of copper glazes.
The Maker Rich Miller Ceramicist - South East England

After completing an MA in ceramics at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design Farnham, Rich Miller quickly began to establish his own studio based practice, whilst also teaching part time. In 2005 he took over Froyle Tiles, a producer of bespoke stoneware tiles which was destined for closure. Over the past 17 years the workshop has developed into a thriving creative studio that has produced work for numerous notable projects, such as the Tate Gallery St Ives, the V&A and 24 Savile Row with Kate Malone and EPR Architects. The workshop has also worked to commission for various leading interior designers and commercial specifiers. Along side the tile production Rich has continued to make his own ceramic works. These vary from functional wares to sculptural objects. Rich is currently one of the judges on Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’, and also organises the ceramics festival ‘Art in Clay Farnham’.