IPS Ceramics collaborate with London based artist

Posted by Liam Morgan on February 21, 2018

IPS Ceramics has recently collaborated with London-based artist Eloise Hawser, one of the residents at Somerset House Studios. Somerset House is a new arts centre in the heart of London, designed for today’s audiences and creatives and it offers a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture. It welcomes around three million visitors each year.

Eloise contacted IPS Ceramics to enquire about the possibility of having a bespoke ceramic item manufactured for a piece of art to be included in her latest Somerset House exhibition, “By the deep, by the mark”. ( This exhibition is the result of two years’ research by Eloise.

Eloise was interested in working with the special ceramic material cordierite to create her representation of Joseph Bazalgette’s 19th century sewer system and also the present day Thames Tideway Tunnel, or London’s ‘super sewer’, as it’s often called.

Over the course of just a few weeks, our Design Manager Andy Danahay, was given the task of producing this magnificent piece (pictured) using our rapid prototyping technology. Andy said: “The cordierite piece of art that we were commissioned to make was a challenging one, but something that was truly enjoyable to produce. We are one of very few companies globally to have a rapid prototyping facility working with cordierite, and to put it to use for this unique project was a fascinating exercise.”

Eloise has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally. Her first UK solo institutional exhibition, Lives on Wire, was presented by the ICA in 2015. Recent group shows included those at White Cube (London), Tate Britain (London), New Museum (New York), and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo).