Carly Breame
Ceramicist, Materials Designer & Researcher

Ceramicist, materials designer and researcher Carly Breame joins our Materia program in partnership with the University of the Arts, Art for the Environment residency initiative. Carly studied on the Material Futures program at Central Saint Martins, London. An advocate for environmental integrity and sustainable materials production, she develops tools to measure environmental impact and, combining research and craft, designs usable materials which represent local environments.

Her latest project, ‘off the menu’, studies the use of local and waste resources as a method for degrowth, proposing food waste as a tool for environmental and social regeneration. In collaboration with a restaurant in Margate, UK, she has developed a collection of ceramics using restaurant waste – this includes fish bone china, ash based tabletops and bio hydrogen energy from potato peelings. Her ambition is to develop a conversation around the production and consumption levels in dining and to offer environmentally focused solutions.

At the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Carly intends to continue her ‘off the menu’ project asking, ‘How can Spoleto represent a regional material culture through the dining table?’ She continues, ‘Through my research I aim to develop ethical supply chains in materials, building traceability and transparency to aid knowledge around production whilst considering how to reduce the environmental footprint. As a designer, I am interested in functional objects that exist around the dining table. The act of dining is the heart of any community. The dining table serves as a meeting point. A space for collectiveness, for restoring and rejoicing. The dining table, in this project, will be the centre piece uniting the work and its uses, whilst creating an opportunity for dialogue around associated issues.’

Carly is also interested in researching terra d’ombra and its uses: originating in the region, the umber pigment is said to be one of the first colours to be used by humans and has been identified in Palaeolithic cave paintings.

As part of her materials research work, Carly has also been working with Textile Exchange, contributing to The Preferred Fiber and Material Matrix – a framework to help apparel, footwear and home goods companies make informed sourcing decisions by providing transparent data and consolidated, validated guidance on over 65 of the industry’s most commonly used materials.