Aldo Londi, the legendary artistic director of Bitossi, made his most famous collections by engraving, stamping and using relief within the moulds to give detail to the clay surfaces. It is these techniques that inspire Bethan’s new collection for Bitossi, for which she creates an expressive pattern, rhythm of graphic shapes and flowing lines derived from the stained glass window of the New Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City). This pattern wraps itself around a variation of forms inspired by Bitossi’s 1950s to 1970s historical archive.
Bethan Laura Wood obtained a MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since graduating in 2009, Bethan has built a multidisciplinary practice characterized by material investigation, artisan collaboration, and a passion for colour and detail.
Bethan enjoys exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and questions how they can become cultural conduits. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.
Bethan has undertaken multiple residency programmes, from London’s Design Museum to W Hotel in Mexico City, and regularly works with artisans from the regions of Venice and Vicenza in Italy.
Along side working closely with Nilufar Gallery since 2011 for Limited edition and one off works, Bethan has been commissioned by a variety of international partners to create works and installations. Including, Abet Laminati, Moroso, Valextra, Kvadrat, Bitossi Ceramiche, Tory Burch, cc-tapis, Tolix and Hermés. Her work has been exhibited at institutions such as the V&A Museum of Childhood, Swiss Institute, New York, Daelim Museum and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Bethan regularly gives lectures and holds workshops; she currently teaches on the MA in Luxury at ECAL, Switzerland.
Model : GUADALUPE VASES COLLECTION
Designer : BETHAN LAURA WOOD
Editor : BITOSSI
Period : 2016
Origin : ITALY
Material : CERAMIC