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  The British Channel Seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs (detail) 1871

Higg and Bunn

Higg+Bunn is a collaborative partnership between Jessie Higgson and Katie Bunnell, who use both autographic and digital means of file generation to create surface decoration for ceramics.

Katie Bunnell is a ceramic designer-maker. She has an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art and completed her PhD project, Re:Presenting Making, The Integration of New Technologies into Ceramic Designer-Maker Practice, in 1998. Bunnell's interest in digital technologies is in the creative opportunities they raise, and in the potential they have to reconfigure the relationships between designers, design users and industrial manufacturing, opening up the possibility for more affordable specialist and customised production.

Bunnell's practice has involved her in designing and making tableware as a sole trader, and consultancy work for Liberty, Fitch RS, Royal Doulton and Poole Pottery. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Higher Education since 1995 and is the leader of Autonomatic, the 3D Digital Production research group at Falmouth University.

Autonomatic was founded in 2003 and has since established a reputation for practice-centred research that explores the relationships between digital technologies and craft practices.

After studying at the University of Brighton, Jessie Higgson graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004 with an MA in Ceramics. Jessie is a ceramicist whose work is focused on functional, small batch production porcelain. The forms she produces are mainly sculptural vases with smooth, crisp edges and many double-cast pieces resulting in satisfyingly solid, chunky shapes. All work is slip-cast and highly finished with graphic surface qualities, using inlay, slips and glaze to create texture, pattern and subtle tones.  Recently she  have focused on surface pattern, learning print skills and developing rich multi-layered imagery, working on large scale tiles and bone china white-ware.  The imagery she designs is based on nature, suggestive of plants and landscape, but abstracted and playful using repeated line, shape and colour to develop pattern and create a graphic composition with a 3 dimensional depth. Prints start off from drawings and paper cut outs working instinctively with a ‘library’ of images.  Her work has been featured in Elle Decoration, Wallpaper*, CRAFTS, Homes & Gardens, Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms, Living etc, Harpers & Queen, BBC Good Homes, Marie Claire, Red, Feng Shui, The Guardian & The Saturday Telegraph.

The aim of this case study was to marry both autographic mark making with digital mark making and in addition to combining underglaze tissue printing with on-glaze screen printed transfers. The resulting plates are printed in multiple colours of both underglaze and on-glaze transfers.


Traditional Print Research-Burleigh Artist

Case Studies

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Higg and Bunn

Paul Scott

Stephen Hoskins



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