These aren’t so much ceramic table lamps as works of art which happen to have a lightbulb attached...The best table lamps are decorative objects in their own right: just as beautiful when turned off in daylight as they are when casting lovely light about your room. And ceramics give our designers the freedom to create some really superb pieces. Here are some of their latest pottery masterpieces - elegant, eccentric and everything in between…
For this handmade stunner we took a classic ceramic lamp shape and added mirroring tracks of little embossed pebble shapes for subtle texture. It’s then glazed for a beautiful finish. There’s a large and a small version, both available in two colours. Pictured above is the larger Bobcheck in the achingly lovely blue (top), and below is the smaller one in stone. Shop Bobcheck
Yes, it looks like the sort of thing that an olde Wessex farmer might swig his eye-watering scrumpy from, but it’s also the sweetest little pottery urn, very simple with rustic antiquing and a lovely moss green glaze. The usual Pooky attention to detail, with fabric flex and brass fittings. Shop Rufus
Upon finishing this lamp we decided that there was something distinctly cuddly about it – one has a curious urge to pop it on one’s lap and stroke its ears. We do it in a gently, mossy green colour (above), or left unglazed in this soft, sandy terracotta finish.
We do the Ellie in an emerald and a turquoise, and this gorgeous blue and white stripe. It has a pure, glazed simplicity that says ‘elegance’. But it can be charming too – here it’s paired with one of Maude Smith’s ‘Flappity birds’ children’s lampshades:
This lamp has been decorated with random cruciforms (flowers with four petals - rare things) It's an unusual design so it sticks in the mind’s eye as it were, and it works beautifully. Why, then, did we call it the Vermeille? Because it sounds sophisticated and Gallic, of course...Actually ‘vermeille’ means ‘ruddy’ in French - which is apt, since it is ruddy beautiful.