Making

A showcase our favourite creators, makers and producers of things. From farmers to tinkerers to factory workers to master craftsman. Here we often tell stories of history and process.

Textures of Transparency | Ceramics

From Greek keramikos or “pottery“, ceramics have been in existence for millennia, expanding their uses beyond potteryware while preserving many aspects of the craft. On Provenance alone, we have a handful of members…

From a Fire Hose to a Weekend Bag

Elvis and Kresse produce accessories from upcycled materials in Kent, UK. See how they use Provenance to share the story behind their products and bring a unique dimension to each of their…

Emerging in the midlands: jewellery by Libby Ward

Libby Ward is a contemporary jewellery designer and maker based in the creative hub of Middleport Pottery, West Midlands. Having worked in ceramics, woods, plastics and metals, Libby’s pieces look at preserving…

Seagulls and 1970s beach style

“The Rack” – the coincidental title of both Valentina Mery and Trinidad Gómez’s dissertations while at the same university, and their own design company founded on the exploration of craft and style….

Five canoes

Canoes are old. Native Americans, fur traders, Aboriginals, and Amazonians were all early adopters. Canoes transformed lakes, streams and oceans into avenues of exploration and trade. Today, they are a great example…

Hair highway

Enter a foreign world and follow the journey of Studio Swine making; see how they obtain and use human hair to create the raw material from which they craft their truly unique…

The geography of stone

Ignacia Murtagh is a Chilean designer based in Santiago. With a background in ceramics and furniture design, she has taken much of her inspiration from nature and all it has to offer….

Heavy weather

Glasgow based Trakke make bags designed with the Scottish winter in mind. “We design kit for Glaswegian winters, because up here, our bags are going to get some abuse” says Trakke founder,…

The beginnings of brew

As London Beer Week 2015 was coming to an end, we were keen to peek behind the barrels and get to know some of our favourite London breweries including Brew By Numbers,…

The bike built by adversity

Not so long ago, the idea of a push bike that is fun to ride but can be easily folded into a package smaller than an average suitcase was madness. But for…

Heat, hands and time

While technology has accelerated how quickly we can make things, there are some processes that resist this march of progress. To make porcelain by hand involves the same combination of heat, hands…

Opposites attract

How do two halves make a whole – especially when those two halves are pulling in different directions? In the case of British menswear brand, S.E.H Kelly it’s the space in between…

The wood cycle

“Christian, we are making you redundant,” isn’t how most businesses begin. But East London Furniture isn’t a typical business. After becoming unemployed from photography gallery Christian Dillon spent his days scribbling chair…

The philosophy of Tom

Thomas Bird is an unlikely fashion designer. “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of shoes. When I was setting up the business I bought 20 navy t-shirts, one…

Saddle up

John Boultbee Brooks was in dire need of a more comfortable way of getting to and from his leather trading business. After his horse died in 1878, he couldn’t afford to replace…

It’s in his hands

To make something by hand is a statement: that a machine can’t produce what a pair of hands and a set of tools can. Aside from his laptop, no tool in Jonatan…

Tinker, tailor, jewellery maker

There aren’t many professions that jewellery designer Stephen Einhorn hasn’t dabbled in at some point in his life. “I have always made stuff. I’ve done lots of things previously from model making…