Care instructions: Water tight, dust lightly to clean
The word ‘azure’ comes from a French mistranslation from the Persian ‘lazaward’ meaning lapis lazuli, the dazzling deep blue stone. Here, thin streaks of cloud trail across an azure night sky. This red clay bodied pot wears many layers of deep blue over a green ash glaze. An open mouth reveals crusty sprays of white porcelain.
These vessels were made with vigour, ruthlessness, care, and time. In them quiet sits alongside noise. Rims and shoulders reach out from openings, inviting exploration where other colours and currents underpin the surface. Touch them and your hands will tell you that they are like the hide of a beast. Robust, both rough and smooth and stretched to its limit the skins just about fit the body. Both seal and shield, the skin is inextricably bound to the character of the whole and it is evidence of multiple layers and processes. Together, the rhythm of these six pieces rises and falls as waves do. These are vessels which can hold and bump up against each other. A puff blows out of the mouth of one to inflate the next. Each swells and breaks to different degrees, with varying iterations of form and colour. A glacial current moves between them. Tectonics shifting like generations passing – a family orbiting in self generating rings.
About the Artist
London based ceramic artist, Abigail Schama, came to pottery from painting. Abigail Schama’s hand thrown, stoneware bowls tell stories through surface. Any bowl is basic and universal in its meaning. The process of building up and then turning the form creates their skin and character. Abigail relies on the processes of slipping and chattering; words which describe human contact.
Abigail plays with a palette of dolomite and transparent glazes. Each piece undergoes a further firing to be lightly gilded with (24 carat) gold lustre, which highlight the shape of each form and create an intriguing contrast with the more humble tones and textures of her work.