Bleeding Heart Yard Vessel III

Bleeding Heart Yard Vessel III by ceramicist Charlotte McLeish is a hand-pinched terracotta piece depicting a fabled character from London folklore. The story of how Bleeding Heart Yard in Hatton Gardens got its name is a rather grim one. The legend goes that Lady Elizabeth, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, sold her soul to the devil in exchange for social and political success. On the night of a particularly lavish party the Devil grabbed Lady Elizabeth in full view of her guests, leaving her bleeding heart behind. This piece belongs to a collection of decorative works portraying scenes from stories and legends of old London. Charlotte has contemporised classical shapes and motifs by using modern ceramic techniques and her own playful storytelling.

Material: Terracotta, glazes and oxides
cm: Width 9.5cm, Depth 9.5cm, Height 13cm
inches: Width 3.7in, Depth 3.7in, Height 5.1in
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry or lightly damp cloth


This vessel is shaped with pinching and coiling techniques, using a lightly textured terracotta clay. Once fired, the vessel is sanded smooth to create a fine, even surface for hand painting. The process of applying underglaze and oxides when hand painting the piece, produces a beautiful contrast between the image and subtle texture of terracotta.
The Maker Charlotte McLeish Ceramicist - London

East London-based ceramicist Charlotte McLeish makes elegant stoneware vases and vessels. Drawing inspiration from ancient Greek and Egyptian ceramics, her pieces offer a pure and refined take on a traditional style. Having grown up in a family of jewellers, she has always been fascinated with hand-made processes and went on to study Ceramic Design at Central St Martins. Charlotte combines five different clays and uses only two dry glazes, resulting in her pieces having strong visual unity.