Andrew Walker is an independent maker from the UK. He creates handmade contemporary ceramics with a unique identity. Working from his pottery studio in Works 57 Sheffield UK, he constructs hand-built stoneware pottery vessels using a series of fins made from clay slabs to give the illusion of a solid form. Inspiration comes from our industrial landscape, mainly the iconic block-like geometric buildings from the mid-century where he’s drawn to their simplistic, graphic like quality. ‘I like to look at these structures and break their components down, the shapes and symmetrical lines form the basis for creating a starting point in my construction. I also draw inspiration from the shadows these structures create, often taking into consideration how these impact on the negative space’. The new handmade architectural ceramic range showcases a step towards introducing coloured stains to clay bodies before their hand-built construction. These bright tones reflect the type of colour pallets seen within architecture that contrast with the often-stark raw materials. His simple approach to pottery design and form, often combines geometrical shapes to construct vessels as a way to bridge the gap between functional handmade pottery and contemporary ceramic sculpture.