Milly Dent Design reimagines daily routine through uniquely handcrafted, exclusive ceramic goods.
Handmade by Milly using small-scale production methods along with distinctive marbling and geometric pattern work, the result challenges conventional expectations of tableware.
Inspired by the natural world, the vessels invariably display a whirlpool of inky blues frozen in the fluidity that they are created.
The underlying philosophy is based on the simple ideal of producing work that results in outcomes which are both utilitarian and sculptural.
During a recent artists residency in Arita, the porcelain capital of Japan, Milly managed to explore both traditional and contemporary ways of making, engaging a mix of ceramic techniques including wheel throwing, hand building, slip casting and press moulding.
Images: Milly Dent, Barrel Bowl. Photo courtesy of the artist; Milly Dent, Studio portrait. Photo: Alana Dimou
OBJECT SHOP MAKER PROFILE
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I fell into ceramics after trying a whole range of design electives at uni- it just felt right! After a fun summer following my last semester at COFA, I decided to just go ahead and do it!
Describe the last thing you made?
I carved a new prototype form from plaster for an upcoming exhibition. This piece needs to be sanded and then a mould made of it before I can begin casting.
Where is your favourite place in Sydney and why?
Clovelly Cliffs - sitting high above the horizon line and watching the whales.
Tell us about your dream project ambitions?!
Big question! Dream ambitions include collaborating with a wide variety of artists to diversify my field of ceramics as well as work on some large scale installation works and lighting pieces.