WHO WE ARE
Hello there, we are Peter, Sharron, Matthew, and Viola and we run the Dor and Tan Studio.
The story of Dor and Tan begins with a desire to break away from the disposability of modern life, to create objects with a more personal connection. We want our items to become cherished memories, that favourite cup you always pick when boiling the kettle, the soup bowl you reach for after being caught in the rain. Handcrafted items have a unique soft character that cannot be created any other way than by the hand of a maker.
You can find us nestled on the Northern Cornish coast, in the idyllic St. Ives. When not making ceramics we are exploring at sea in our sailboat and hunting and gathering in our local wilderness for inspiration for our next creative endeavour. Or pottering around in our sheltered garden growing fruits and veggies (and an almost ludicrous amount of chillies).
WHAT DO WE DO
When we are designing new items, we first bring them into our home. We put them on our shelves and use them in our daily rituals. We wear them in, and see how tactile and functional they are. To see which colours, forms, and textures we subconsciously migrate to time and time again. These items we bring into the studio to refine and develop into what eventually makes it onto our store.
The process of making is slow and thoughtful, taking care to choose the proper way over the easier way. Each object is thrown by hand from clay found locally and fired using green energy. These traditional processes make every piece unique, no two objects will be identical, sisters not twins.
- Be Responsible -
To care about people, businesses, and the environment. Caring where our materials come from and sourcing locally to support British businesses.
Based in such an idyllic location laden with bountiful nature, has made our studio conscious of preserving the environment. Being aware of our packaging, waste, and how we make to minimise our impact.
- Make Things That Last -
Our studio aims to create objects which are beautiful but have a definite purpose. Pieces which don't take up space but earn their position in your life.
- Small & Slow -
Every item is handmade by the 4 of us with thought and care. From the prepping to the clay to the final kiln unloading, we take it through every step. It isn’t a fast process but that’s okay. It makes every piece personal. It matters to us that much more.
- Enjoy It -
Making and designing these objects is a labour of love for us, we care about what we make and we enjoy the process at every stage. This is our passion so why not enjoy it.