Jackson & Levine For Habitat: In The Making

They’re back! Yes, that’s right. Supper club duo, Jackson & Levine, have returned with a second serving for Habitat. Inspired by a visit to Puglia in Southern Italy, this time around the ladies present a collection of brightly glazed ceramics with vivid paint splatters and figurative motifs. Platters, serving bowls, crockery, jugs, utensil jars and pinch pots – the range is curated with a variety of shapes and sizes to add visual interest to your table and kitchen. Watch the video or read on to discover the story behind the collection…

About the Collection

The collection was handmade in the Italian town of Grottaglie, in a small workshop owned by the Fasano family who have worked with Habitat for a number of years. Visually, the new collection from Jackson & Levine couldn’t be more different to their last – a reflection that not one of their supper clubs is ever the same as each other. Whereas their first textiles collection was based around botanical, muted design, this collection is unabashed about mixing colours – pinks with red, yellows with lilacs – with freehand artwork by Habitat’s in-house designer Martha Coates alongside beautiful splatter patterns.

jackson & levine for habitat table setting

But like the last, this collection is again about celebrating traditional craftsmanship. Each piece is individually hand-made and glazed in traditional ways meaning you have your own unique piece. These are both stand alone statement pieces but also work together for an explosion of Italianate colour and design on the table.

jackson & levine for habitat factory

Designed in-house

The collection was designed in house by Martha Coates. Martha worked very closely with Jackson & Levine who were very influential and involved in the look, colour and sizes of the products.  They wanted the collection to be accessible to everyone and to reflect the style of their cooking and entertaining – small plates for sharing.

jackson & levine for habitat in italian factory

The splatter technique is something this Italian workshop is famous for so that is where the girls started and the collection grew from that. Martha then experimented drawing different faces until she came up with the face that was eventually used.

jackson & levine for habitat

Hand-painted

All pieces are hand thrown and hand decorated in a family run ceramics factory in Italy.  Each piece is different and the loose, sketch style affect is achieved by free hand paint while spinning the plate on a wheel.

Hand-splattered

The splatter effect is achieved through a traditional method where a small bunch of reeds is used to splash different glazes onto the bowl as it is turned by hand, building up colour and pattern to varying densities.

Key Pieces From The Collection

The Francesca Plate

When it came to the figurative Francesca plate, the ladies re-imagined what the Fasano family is famed for – striking freehand figurative illustrations on ceramics. The result? An elegant Italian lady for the dinner plates and for the side plate a more classical, Romanesque design. The palette of green & pink and yellow & red adds a real point of difference and brings this tradition bang up to date. They played around with lots of faces and figures until they fell in love with the two characters that are the central motif of the collection.

The Serafina Utensil Pot

For Jackson & Levine, a ceramic utensil pot immediately conjures up the image of a traditional Italian kitchen so they felt they had to have one in the collection. Again to move away from ‘the expected’ they’ve used a bold, dipped colour in contrasting shades. The small oval platters too are beautiful for serving sides and complement both the salad and pinch pot designs.

The Annabella Jug

The ladies love these oversized ceramic jugs which add interesting shape, height and a sense of drama when arranged in multiples on the table. Each jug is individually hand dipped in glaze and can be used for drinks or decorated with flowers.

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