By Jo Phillips

Originally from North Wales, Ceramic Artist Elin Hughes was a recipient of the National Eisteddfod of Wales Young Artist Scholarship and one of nine artists selected from the Crafts Council Directory to feature in a showcase at Liberty London. A Fluent Welsh speaker she has very recently collaborated with Molton Brown, to create an ultra-limited edition accessory, the “Broken Beauty” Ceramic Hand Wash Holder, explore her collection here in Enclosed

Since graduating from the BA (Hons) Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2019, Elin has shown work in multiple exhibitions around the United Kingdom, including at London Craft Week, Circle Contemporary and her first solo show at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw ‘Ar Ddaear Gofod Bach/On Earth a Little Space’.

Now in her latest project, she has teamed up with Molton Brown the British fragrance company founded in 1971 by Caroline Burstein and Michael Collis. Their iconic hand washes now in glass can now be encased in a ceramic limited edition holder. This holder beautifully cradles the refillable Hand Wash Glass Bottle, making it a true statement design piece.

Part of a new programme Molton Brown, debuted ‘Artists In Residence’ an inspiring artistic collaboration series to create unique, treasure-forever pieces. An alliance of distinctive fragrance and art coming together freely in one united vision.

“I’m delighted to collaborate with
Molton Brown. Growing up in The Snowdonia National Park, I’m grateful for a childhood rich with plants and wildflowers. Working with Molton Brown’s nature-inspired fragrances has challenged my artistic practice to grow in new, unexpected directions. It’s wonderful that such an iconic brand supports craft and local artists.”

Elin Hughes

Inspired by historical British pottery and grounded in
Elin’s signature style of playful improvisation, she has individually designed each holder in her North Wales studio using carefully selected Staffordshire clay. Hand-thrown on the potter’s wheel, these distorted vessels of scalloped arcs and looping tendrils “ripple, swirl and pull apart as an embodiment of growth”. Each piece heroes the different characters of their cult fragrances, while the glossy glaze pays homage to the collections’ colours.

Orange & Bergamot, is wrapped in a soft caramel glaze Delicious Rhubarb,& Rose, of course, sits in a dusty pink container whilst Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel is contained within a petrol green-blue glazed holder.

Available in a very limited run of only 75 units, this holder beautifully cradles Molton’s refillable Hand Wash Glass Bottle, making it a true statement design piece. They will be available to purchase exclusively in their flagship London, Regent Street store and will form part of their debut “Artists In Residence Collaboration”, which will become an annual series supporting local craftsmanship. 

The three colours are across the 75 hand-numbered creations that are exclusively in the Regent Street flagship store, as a completely original keepsake

Orange & Bergamot Delicious Rhubarb & Rose and Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel These are exclusively in the London Regent Street store from Wednesday, 12th July 2023.

Two more pieces of news recently from Molton Brown include a new 200ml glass pump bottle that shares the same design as the standard Fine Liquid Hand Wash bottles. The bottle is crafted from 100% recyclable thick-cut glass with a durable, weighted base, useable time and again with the handwash refillable pouches.

As well as a new refillable Bath & Shower Gel bottle, made from 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable aluminium. Available in iconic fragrances, pair again with matching Refill pouches to reduce plastic footprint by 63%

Find more information here at Molton Brown.co.uk

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