Glass; Free-blown (by Stewart Hearn)
Commissioned and produced for Established & Sons
Photo: Nick Moss
Having seen some waste glass that had fallen into a bucket while molten and subsequently solidified into a beautiful, glossy, bulbous splurge, design collective Committee wondered if they could produce something useful that effortlessly captured the essence of the material at its moment of formation. Keen to pare back their design process, they staged a simple intervention that revealed the nature of glassblowing itself.
The Blob desk organiser and paperweight was the result; a great globule of glass, blown over a number of basic shapes to give it just enough form to hold a ruler, pencils and a rubber, while acting as a typical paperweight.
Committee is run by Clare Page and Harry Richardson who met whilst studying for fine art degrees. Both born in 1975, they both graduated from Liverpool Art School with a BA in Fine Art. Since that time they have studied the crafts of machine knitting and hand-crafted cabinet-making respectively, developed a derelict space in Deptford into an ad hoc studio and gallery, before beginning to work within the design industry for companies such as Topshop, Moooi, SCP, Lladro and The Rug Company.