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A bespoke pouch for Florian Gadsby

Bespoke : A special project for Florian Gadsby


This special pouch was created for the potter Florian Gadsby, a craftsman whose work I greatly admire.

Florian is what’s known as a studio potter : he works alone through the long process of turning raw material into refined objects. This commission relates to a set of tools which are put to use at an important point in this process. After the pot, bowl, mug or vase has been thrown and turned he embosses the clay of its base using these ‘makers marks’ - tiny porcelain blocks with his logo carved into one end.

Florian has described these as some of his most precious possessions - this pouch will protect them for many years to come.


Tailored to fit

The stamps were carved in a variety of sizes, each to be used for a different scale of work. As such, the design includes a specific pocket for each stamp, matched to its exact dimensions. The pockets are stitched across to keep the stamp snug at the perfect position to allow the pouch to fold securely closed.


The leather tags attached to each of the stamps are hand-braided using the same leather as the pouch itself, a beautiful goat-skin from Italy, both supple and hardwearing.


In the details

As with everything coming from the studio this pouch is completely hand-stitched. No sewing machines are used, just a pair of saddlers needles attached to lengths of French linen thread, rubbed with beeswax and pulled by hand.

Each of the 486 stitch-holes have to be individually cut before the stitching begins. The finished pouch has 397 hand-stitches in total at 8 stitches per inch including 79 doubled saddle-stitches to reinforce.

The leather used is all Italian. The outer, firmer leather is the burnished bridle hide often used in the handbags of the Core Collection. The more pliable leather on the inside is a tumbled and pressed goatskin. Both will age beautifully as the years go by.

For more, see the Journal entry

Florian’s website
His Instagram account

For any questions about this project or if you would like to propose something yourself, feel free to write to bespoke@marktallowin.co.uk