Bellied Rib & Plook Jug

Fitch & McAndrew
Bellied Rib & Plook Jug by slipware potters Doug Fitch and Hannah McAndrew is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. Based in Scotland, the duo have always been fascinated by pots made in the UK and have spent many hours poring over archaeological reports of sherds and full pots found at various excavations. Their inspiration for this collection stems from their many visits to the Museum of London and mudlarking along the foreshore of the River Thames. Their aim was to create work with an echo of the past, whilst maintaining their own distinct voice.

Material: Red earthenware, slips, glaze
cm: Width 25cm, Depth 23cm, Height 31cm
inches: Width 9.8in, Depth 9.1in, Height 12.2in
Care Instructions: Hand wash with warm soapy water. This item is glazed on the inside and therefore watertight.


Created using traditional slipware techniques and materials, this jug was thrown on the wheel in red earthenware clay. After attaching a handle, Douglas decorated the piece by applying coils of clay to create a pattern. Once dry, the jug is covered in slip and fired, before a yellow glaze is added to finish. Both potters embrace the challenges created by working with historic materials, and find the process all the more fascinating because of this decision.
The Maker Fitch & McAndrew Ceramicist - Scotland

Douglas Fitch & Hannah McAndrew are slipware potters based in Scotland. Drawing great inspiration on the heritage of British slipware, their pieces showcase traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way. Using a blend of earthenware clay sourced from Douglas’ birthplace, Devon, Fitch & McAndrew often work with warm palettes of chocolate brown and honey, inspired by their local landscape. All their dishes, pots and jugs are one-off pieces, richly detailed as well as functional.