Martin Vorster and Colin Braye didn’t start off in the world of ceramics. In fact, Martin began his working career as chartered accountant while Colin co-founded a product development company and worked as an engineer. Finding themselves drawn to more creative pursuits, they took up pottery classes as an artistic outlet. After a year of perfecting their craft, Vorster & Braye was born.
With slightly different planning processes – Colin sketches his new designs on paper and Martin prefers to create 3D computer models – the two work well together to produce unique decorative vases and tableware. With various inspirations including Mid-Century ceramics, modernist and contemporary architecture and graphic and industrial design, all of their pieces are considered yet surprising in form.
In an age where much of what we see disappears with a click, the two find it immensely satisfying to create something tangible and lasting. Presenting a delightful contrast between texture and colour, Vorster & Braye’s ceramics are minimalist, sleek and celebrate the earthy naturalness of clay.
The duo’s Flake-rim bowls are the perfect embodiment of their creative synthesis. Through a combined effort, the result is a vessel that conforms to and then breaks the rules – to exquisite effect.
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