Absolut I by ceramicist Sophie Wilson, of 1690, is part of the The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’
collection. For this tyg, Sophie Wilson drew inspiration from a sherd of early feathered slipware from the foreshore of Thames, together with a piece of marbled slipware she found in the garden of her 16th century home in the Fens. These pieces ignited her imagination and she set to work creating a form that combined both slipware techniques. This led her to rework the tyg - a multi-handled drinking vessel, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries - which became the audacious vehicle for a range of techniques, including slip trailing, sgraffito and feathering. Absolut I refers to the ‘Rose Absolute’, the essential oil of a rose, which was often gifted in a tyg as a symbol of love in antiquity.
These works sometimes feature fine surface fractures or splits, typically caused by thermal expansion and contraction and shrinkage during the making process.
Material: Terracotta, red slip, white slip
cm: Diameter 17cm, Height 16cm
inches: Diameter 6.7in, Height 6.3in
Care Instructions: Gently hand rinse in warm soapy water