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Bodo Sperlein

Bodo Sperlein is a leading light in the world of high quality interior product design and is represented in collections globally. His work is informed by a rigorous understanding of material and craft within the industry, promoting the use of historical skills and techniques. Sperlein’s work in materials such as bone china has made him a pivotal player in the future of contemporary British industrial ceramics. He pushes beyond these traditions to create surprising contemporary pieces that achieve both a sensuality and intelligence of design. Bodo Sperlein was born in Germany before moving to London where he studied Design at Camberwell College of Arts (now part of the University of the Arts London). Supported by a Crafts Council Grant and Sainsbury’s scholarship he set up a showroom at Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank in 1998 where he still works. Sperlein produces signature collections of Fine Bone China (White Sculptural, Red Berry and Black Berry), some of which are part of the British Council collections. He also works as a design consultanty for a variety of international brands.

Macroon Espresso Cup with Saucer by Bodo Sperlein for Nikko

Macaroon Espresso Cup with Saucer

Despite the fact that these fine bone china cups feel light and fragile, they survived some not-exactly-delicate handling. The “Macaroon” moniker comes from the glaze, which is saturated in the center and thinner toward the edges, just like its namesake.

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