Bembel Vase in Iris Violet I
Bembel Vase in Iris Violet I by glass artist Michael Ruh, is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’
collection. Michael’s collection of vases are inspired by the story of London and its inhabitants, informed by the innumerable objects at the Museum of London and his visit to the shores of the River Thames. Whilst mudlarking, he came to realise that the real ‘treasures’ of the trip were not his findings, but the stories they told - with each sherd he envisioned a group of people gathering together to tell him how they lived throughout the centuries. Michael was enamoured by the vessels housed in the Museum of London, imagining the wealth of stories within them, having gathered at banquets to share food and drink and converse. These pottery vessels influenced the silhouettes of Michael’s collection, with some literal transcriptions and others interpreted, but all possessing the same approachable and humane quality. For the colour palette, Michael returned back to the original sherds found along the Thames. With these pieces, Michael aimed to
create pieces with a welcoming sense of festive significance.
Material: Blown glass
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 15cm, Height 35.5cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 5.9in, Height 14in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water