Ceramic design by



Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Material and process:

Slip cast, high fired earthenware. Matt zinc glazes.

Numbers produced:

These have been produced since early 1995 in the low thousands.  There were a range of colours produced. The four colours shown are typical but more of the electric cobalt blue were sold than any other colour.


These were designed to be sold as individual pieces. Designed so the buyer could mix and match. They were designed in a style I called Biomorphic Utilitarianism.

Post my original production some almost identical salt and pepper shakers were produced in plastic by Italian based international design company. These plastic versions have since been published in books without a reference to my original design. 

1995 - 2002


The four Biomorphic Salt and Pepper shakers forms

A form comparison between my ceramic work at the back and the pieces produced by a Italian based international design company. Their pieces were produced in plastic and sold world wide. They are still for sale in some markets.

retrospective designs


A page from the design book, PLASTIC CULTURE, How Japanese Toys Conquered the World. by Woodrow Phoenix.

The caption for the photo on page 100 reads, “Coral ‘n’ Cactus, salt and pepper shakers, 4 x 4 1/2, Viceversa, Italy, 1991.”

Interesting date. I have spoken to Woodrow Phoenix, the writer of the book and he says the date for the book was supplied by the manufacturer. I have also spoken to an international designer that was working for Viceversa in the 1990’s and he has told me he remembers the work being design circa 1998.

It is even more interesting when you consider I designed them in 1995.

In a chapter called “Toys to Mainstream” Phoenix explores the influence of plastic toys on designer collectables.

The toys are no longer just playthings for children. We have seen the transformation of toys into designer collectables. We have seen the transformation of toy into art object. And the toy aesthetic seems to have had an impact on many of the household objects and furnishing the surround us. Our relationship to our tools has been transformed, through style and color, through intelligent and playful design.” ...