Sue Pryke, Website and Photography
Sue first got in touch about product photography, her new bone china pieces were jet about to come back from the factory and she needed some studio and simple lifestyle shots to start generating some interest.
Following this shoot, we began to talk about Sue’s website. Her existing site was focused on her studio work with large brands like Wedgwood, Sainsbury’s and IKEA. Her new collection would be entirely her own designs, so a separate site was required.
As Sue describes: “I wanted to create a my own collection of objects that sit comfortably in the home, that aren't awkward, audacious or tricky to use or care for, but are familiar, have fluency and sit effortlessly.
The exploration of materials, not only in ceramic, is a nod to the years working within retail and designing coordinating ranges for the home, fully utilising a world of production.
She continues: "To bring this range together I have collaborated with small factories and studios in England working with traditional craftsmanship, materials and techniques to make high quality products made by hand. The beauty of each piece is dependent on the initial model, usually made by me and the interaction the craftsman also has with the material when making each piece.”
I received a box in the post last Spring and spent a morning shooting the work, the mug, bowls and pourer all beautiful to look at, very light in the hand and a pleasure to photograph. Sue also included some samples of the oak serving board range from Wild and Wood, these came in very handy to use as surfaces and props, offsetting the pure white of the bone china. We planned two follow up shoots up at Sue's place in Narborough, creating some lovely lifestyle shots for the terracotta range which have since been seen in many print and blog features!
After the summer I organised another shoot at Holborn Studios in London where I shot the whole range in a consistent studio setup for the website listings. The full range included bone china, terracotta, wood and pewter pieces - quite a combination!
After an initial meeting we started putting the pages together, creating a minimal look inspired by our photography work. We kept every element of the site simple and also carried the same styling across to Sue’s Tumblr and Mailchimp email newsletter. The site launched during Sue’s Autumn 2013 showings and Tent London and Decorex. In the same month the range was also being stocked in Southbank's Shop and Folklore.
This was a great project, a unique opportunity to photograph such a range of materials and create a site to showcase them.
Browse the site: www.suepryke.com