Developing new work with Head Chef Mark McCabe

In 2022 Bill was approached by Mark McCabe Head Chef of the Michelin Green Starred restaurant The Ethicurean and commissioned to develop a new range of bespoke tableware for use in the restaurant. 

Mark came to Bill with specific seasonal dishes in mind, and Bill responded to that brief  designing and making a range of bespoke tableware that showcases Mark’s beautiful and inventive cookery. 

The menu at The Ethicurean is heavily influenced by its surroundings, and by seasonal produce grown in and around the Barley Wood Walled Garden. BIll responded to this sense of “terroir” and connectedness by using clay dug from the garden and ash from apple trees in the orchard to make glazes and decorative slips. Not only does this decoration connect the pots to the garden, they also bring a greater depth of colour, further complementing the dishes created by Mark and his team.

This has been a very collaborative process, including regular visits to the studio by Mark, who was able to see Bill throw first concepts in front of his eyes!  

This collaboration continued when Mark was selected to compete in the Great British Menu 2023