BRUCE ROWE / ANCHOR CERAMICS
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Anchor Ceramics is a design studio that operates in an applied research, prototyping and product development capacity. The studio produces handmade ceramic lighting, tile, outdoor and furniture product ranges and is built on a model that places well designed, high quality products that are made by hand with love and care at the heart of its endeavour.
Anchor’s design process is collaborative, experimental, iterative and rigorous and exploits both contemporary and traditional technologies and tools.
Initially trained as an architect, founder, Bruce Rowe began making ceramics as a side project in 2009 and maintains his studio practice through a process of continual visual inquiry, exhibition and publication.
Initially, Bruce simply sourced components from Rakumba for his Potter light, which he then hand assembled, but the relationship has grown and developed. Bruce now works closely with Rakumba’s team of industrial designers in developing his current and also new lighting ranges in far less time than previously could have been achievable.
The collaboration between the ceramicist and Rakumba has resulted in us being able to fast track what Bruce describes as “traditionally, a pretty slow old game”.
“Being able to extrude something one week, look at it and review, and then make millimetre adjustments to the die in a short period of time and at low cost,” has made the development of his new extruded ceramic lighting series possible, he says.