at a time when collaborations are common in the design hemisphere, the concept of a partnership has become more formulaic than a true collision of worlds. that is until a small batch whisky company located on a remote island off the scottish coast comes together with an american potter to produce a unique series of clay vessels. ny based helen levi recently partnered with scottish malt brand, bruichladdich and created a collection of ceramics that are equal parts charming and functional. a photogrpaher by trade, helen has been producing inventive ceramics for a few years that have been picked up by the likes of steven alan home, mociun and various commissions for local nyc eateries. and after travelling to the scottish isle of islay last summer [where bruichladdich whisky is made] the designer fell in love with the local habitat, including three types of traditional drinking vessels native to the area: a tumbler, a bottle, and a quaich - which is a handled bowl used to drink whisky in the 17th century.
as a result a partnership was born and after travelling throughout the usa to collect clay materials, the whisky series was launched in tandem with the scotch malter. the natural clays used have only subtle visual differences but interestingly in islay, the different varieties of barley used in whisky production have various effects on taste. after much trial and error, the potter was able to come up with the perfect balance. not only do these babies look great, but they enhance the spectrum of flavors bruichladdich are renowned for. so whether you're a seasoned whisky drinker, a ceramic enthusiast... or both, this unique collection of cups and bottles are a must have accoutrement for any modern gathering. helen levi for bruichladdich is available at the primary essentials in brooklyn and online at helen levi.