Founded by Glasgow-based RCA graduate Jonathan Wade, Ingot Objects is a range of utilitarian stoneware pottery and decorative pieces - wheel-thrown and hand-built simple forms, made to be durable and affordable but with plenty of character and individuality. The pieces are made in a rustic style from basic clay bodies and materials, embracing impurities in the clays and irregular surfaces, and incorporating wild clays and materials Jonathan collects himself. His work celebrates the rituals of cooking and eating, with objects that have a long life and are made with environmental concerns in mind, doing as much as possible to incorporate low-impact practices and materials.
What value does craft have in daily life?
Handmade craft can go further than meet utilitarian requirements to provide connections to place, societies, environment and makers.
It can provide focus for ritual and elevate mundane daily tasks.
While relevant to thoroughly modern applications, the lasting draw of 'old' technologies and basic materials also mark its place in human development and ancient histories.
What does Scottishness mean to you?
It means warmth and welcomeness - a feeling of home, and a stronger sense of collectiveness than I have experienced before.
Evenhandedness, a conscience of fairness, acceptance, a positive pragmatism.
A clearer and closer relation to landscape and the natural environment - to be cautious and respectful, also inspired and awed.