Myer Halliday designs and hand makes beautifully simple and elegant ceramic pieces.
To create his pieces, Myer works largely with slipcast porcelain and parian (a type of bisque porcelain imitating marble). This gives his pieces a wonderful tactile feel that is undeniable.
Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2009, Myer is now based in Edinburgh and works in Leith. He describes his design process as being circular – from the initial idea and experimentation, to finishing with the kiln, and being motivated by the desire to make objects that others will enjoy.
His childhood interest in ceramics was sparked as he dusted the items for sale in his family’s retail establishments in Dumfries. It was here also that he developed a critical eye for design.
Today, Myer is influenced and inspired by others working in ceramics and closely related areas. He has a long-standing love of the work of the Arabia factory in Finland, for its modernist design aesthetic ‘with a Finnish twist’ and also respects the way they have over time involved artists in their design process. He also holds Terence Conran in high esteem, both as a designer and as a design retailer. He admires the work of fellow ceramicist Sue Prykes, both for the quality of her designs as well as her craftsmanship.
We have chosen boxes, trays and shot cups from Myer’s collection. These delightfully simple and unpretentious pure white objects, are carefully drawn with Myer’s topographical black lines, spots or criss-cross grids. There is a quirkiness in the drawing, and each object feels wonderfully personal. The style of decoration is refreshing, with an almost doodle-like quality. They are intricate but unfussy and suit many interior styles.
A combination or group of these pieces works particularly well on a shelf or table. Mix patterns and sizes for extra interest, or make a really big impact with a set of the same pattern displayed together.