Ceramicist Chris Riggio hails from Montreal, Canada but came to London to look for work and study at the prestigious Royal College of Art. During this time he worked alongside famed ceramicists and designers Hitomi Hosono, Martin Smith and Robin Levien and had a piece of bone china jewellery entitled Milacku featured in a Vogue Italia editorial shoot.

During his first year at RCA, an interest in collecting tools led him to create a beautiful set of bone china throwing tools as part of a competition held in association with the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, an historic London guild. He won the competition, with a set of pottery tools he created which looked at ornament in utilitarian objects.

Having obtained an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2017, he was chosen for Wallpaper’s pretigious Graduate Directory of 2018. The magazine also featured his collection of vessels, entitled Paste, an exploration in ceramics inspired by 1920s Cartier and Lucio Fontana that was fuelled by a desire to “revive lost glamour and evoke a sense of nostalgia”.

He opened his modest ceramic studio in Peckham and in his work, he tries to address his perpetual desire to reconnect with a past metropolis through new material sophistication. In utilising his knowledge of sculptural jewellery and ceramics, his work combines the microscopic with the macroscopic in sculpture in order to push the limits of both.