Aude Van Ryn
Alienor by London-based ceramicist and illustrator Aude Van Ryn is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. This decorative terracotta sculpture is a one-off work inspired by the unique tidal quality of the River Thames and the resulting miscellany of objects and artefacts, ranging from yesterday’s trash to centuries-old treasure, that wash up on its shores. Aude’s series of one-off sculptures have a sense of miscellany and transform the rich layering of the history of London into curious characters. Inspired by 14th to 18th century ceramic vases and vessels shaped like women, often crudely made but elaborately decorated. Aude’s sculptures represent the significance of the distinguished river throughout the centuries, with a jumble of elements coming together to form hybrid characters, floating in time, whether they are queens, warriors or deities. After researching spriggs and roulette work from various historical references housed in the Museum of London archives, Aude handmade a collection of clay stamps, roulettes and tools for mark-making, which she has used to add decorative surface patterns. The intense green and honey glazes can be seen throughout Aude’s collection of sculptural juxtapositions.
Material: Terracotta, glazes
cm: Width 14.5cm, Depth 11.5cm, Height 28.5cm
inches: Width 5.7in, Depth 4.5in, Height 11.2in
Care Instructions: Wipe with a dry or very slightly damp lint free cloth