Bottega in Bloom

Clerkenwell Design Week: ICG Gallery London becomes an evocative Artistic Workshop

Artistic traditions, craftsmanship and innovation inspire the “Bottega in Bloom” workshops and installations. Iris Ceramica Group is taking part in the Clerkenwell Design Week in London from 21 to 23 May with the ICG Gallery in Old Street and a space at the Old Sessions House.


The ICG Gallery becomes an artistic workshop experimenting the ceramic manufacturing and decorating processes and rediscovering traditional arts by recovering craft skills and handmade techniques. Visitors are invited to become craftsmen; using creativity and art, they can give new meaning and value to materials taken from processing wastes.

The events and workshops organised for the Clerkenwell Design Week pay homage to the Iris Ceramica “Bottega d’Arte” collection - a brand of Iris Ceramica Group –  of red body surfaces with a hand-crafted flavour, an authentic haute couture of ceramics. The Terracotta surfaces are created exploring traditional production techniques and manual skills to shed new light on handmade beauty.

Old Street 61-67, EC1V 9HW, London



The London-based contemporary artist Lola Lely will guide visitors to the ICG Gallery through an experiential workshop in which flowers become the means for experimenting the concept of “suspension in time”. The unexpected end result, the flower crystallised in wax, becomes a gift enhanced with new meaning. 

As the artist explains, natural wax offers high-potential narrative and expressive abilities. A product derived from honey and other plants offering infinite circular uses with its versatility and tactile qualities becomes the ideal medium for creating a metaphor with ceramic materials.


Welcoming the guests during the Clerkenwell Design Week, the installation of suspended flowers created with waxed fabrics by the artist Lola Lely. The artistic works accompanies the workshop “Wax Atelier”, creating an ethereal world of colours, perfumes, flowers and wax to turn the Gallery into an authentic art workshop to get lost and find ourselves in, thanks to the imaginative power of art.



Once again, circularity and the infinite possibilities for reusing materials are the central focus of this workshop in which ceramic production wastes are reinterpreted to create an artistic installation in progress.
On the first floor of the ICG Gallery, guests can reinterpret production wastes using the “terrazzo”, “ikebana” and “repair” techniques to create a collective artwork that will be completed only at the end of the festival. It will remain on show at the Gallery for the whole Clerkenwell Design Week.

ICG Gallery
Old Street 61-67, EC1V 9HW, London
9.30 am – 9.30 pm

Room 4
23 Clerkenwell Grn, EC1R 0NA, London


At the same time, in the heart of Clerkenwell, in room 4 of the Old Sessions House, Iris Ceramica Group tells its story by reinterpreting the “Bottega in Bloom” concept: the values and artistic potential of traditional craft workshops are celebrated through the bright colours and tactile qualities of the “Bottega d’Arte” collection.

Creating an evocative, immersive setting typical of the traditional craft workshop, the ancient ceramic glazing process is reinterpreted in a new key to create an artistic installation made of overlapping shapes and tactile qualities.

The Old Sessions House
Room 4, 23 Clerkenwell Grn, EC1R 0NA, London
Tuesday: 10am-18pm
Wednesday :10am-21pm
Thursday: 10am-17pm