We’ve been stocking Sue Ure’s contemporary crockery and textiles for a while now, so we thought it was about time we told you more about Sue and how she started out.
She began her love affair with clay aged 17, when she learnt how to throw. Her career then blossomed with the help of renowned potter, Emmanuel Cooper, who Sue undertook a short apprenticeship with. This was followed by a degree in Ceramics and Ancient History.
Inspired by William Morris’ celebrated saying: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Sue set about creating homewares that were both.
As a native Londoner, she took the bold move in the 1990s to swap her home city for sunnier climes in south-western France.
Here her work has flourished. The sunshine has impacted most noticeably on her palette and the simplicity in shape and style of the objects she now creates, and we stock.
Sue’s work is based on her fascination for taking a supple tactile material, such as clay, with her ability to create an enduring, functional, yet stylish, object.
She thrives on the pleasures and challenges of her craft and is learning and adapting constantly with every new product she creates.
Sue Ure Ceramics and Sue Ure Maison form a constantly evolving collection with colour, form and functionality at their heart and we’re delighted to stock them.
Sue’s crockery is produced in partnership with other socially and ecologically responsible craftspeople and makers including small family-run workshops in Europe.
Her Fairtrade napkins and tea towels are all hand-woven and sewn by skilled Senegalese artisans. They are woven from organic linen (50%) and cotton (50%) and made using certified ecological plant dyes.
The Sue Ure range we stock is available online and also from our showroom on the second floor of The Emporium Somerset in Wellingon, Somerset.