We first approached Aldo Bakker in 2019 to design a family of objects for J. HILL’s Standard. We were drawn by the lightness that suffuses all of Aldo’s objects. This quality springs partly from his strong sense of play and humour. Beauty, magic, escape from the world of noise into embodied calm and quietness –these things are fugitive but to the fore in everything he creates. The capture of an early primary gesture led to an exploration of ideas though extended conversation and sketches over the last two years.
This painstaking process, in many ways enabled by extended pandemic lockdown, led to the incubation of a family of forms. From this pool of potential, a handful of pieces came into being. A deliberate openness to possibility in the design stage lead us on a journey of method and material discovery: each piece enacting its identity in various materials – glass both blown and kiln cast, brass, stone and porcelain. This is POT VARIATIONS, a family of things, each bearing its own name and individual characteristics.