ABOUT TOM ROOTH DESIGNS
Tom and Vanessa ‘Cheeks’ Rooth are a brother and sister team. Tom creates the plates and designs, while Cheeks is the organiser who runs the logistics.
I’ve painted and drawn all my life, and love working in ceramics, which I find a very expressive and tactile medium. I particularly like making plates, as they look fantastic hanging on walls as pictures, as well as being displayed on tables and shelves. They are also functional, and an integral part of a good meal - one of the best and most important things in life.
Sea creatures on ceramics are part of a long tradition, and were a particular favourite of the ancient Greeks and Romans. I see my artworks as being part of this heritage. They also spring from my awe and fascination for the wonders of the ocean - and passion for seafood (although I’ve given up octopus!). I also work in oils on canvas, and in 2014 painted the Northcote Mural in Battersea, London.
I come from a family of artists. My great-grandfather was an artist-inventor, who (among other things) designed and built the first ever car-drawn caravan. His paintings can be found in the Imperial War Museum, and you can watch him in action with one of his inventions here. His younger son (my grandfather), was also an artist, and at fifteen years old became one of the youngest ever entrants to the Royal Academy Art Schools. My mum is also an accomplished artist.
I'm from the West Country, but have been living in Edinburgh for the past 16 years, with my husband. I spend my days juggling plates, our two children and a plethora of animals - but always manage to fit in a daily walk along one of our nearby beaches!
"I gave a lobster plate to some friends, who absolutely adore it, and use it the whole time. I also own a wonderful crab plate, which sits on display, and is always used on special occasions. It makes such a striking centrepiece."
- Angie Gooderham, Jewellery designer and entrepreneur
"Tom's superb draughtsmanship translates beautifully into his handmade ceramics of fruits-de-mer exuberant sea creatures. His new collection of limited edition ceramics offers affordable elegance and a glimpse into his talents as an artist".
- Charles Plante, Art dealer and Interior designer
THE LIMITED EDITIONS
All designs are created and hand drawn by Tom, who oversees every stage of production, ensuring the highest quality results. The screen printing and hand-finished production is carried out in Portugal, the motherland of earthenware. Earthenware is used because it's so tactile, and has a warmth and glow unlike any other clay.
All limited edition plates are signed, dated, numbered and inscribed by the artist, with his thumbprint (on the reverse).
The artworks are sea, dishwasher and microwave friendly.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY 88 OF EACH DESIGN HAVE BEEN PRODUCED.
Plate photography by Darwin Media
EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS
21 - 26 JANUARY
22 APRIL - 10 MAY