Chalk White Willow Weft Vessel VI

Elaine Bolt
Chalk White Willow Weft Vessel VI by Elaine Bolt is a wheel-thrown porcelain vessel with a cluster of hand cut, locally grown willow stem bundled and added to the piece as a decorative feature that further roots it to the Sussex landscape from which it is inspired.

Chalk White Willow Weft Vessel VI by Elaine Bolt is inspired by the colours and tones of the Sussex landscape, where the flint and chalk fields provide a distinctive backdrop. The locally sourced clay and willow further connect the work to the local landscape creating a tangible connection between the object and the source of its inspiration. The tapered shape of the vessel and the low 'handle' is influenced by the shape of traditional baskets and pails.
Material: Ceramic and willow
cm: Width 9cm, Height 12.5cm
inches: Width 3.5in, Height 4.9in
Care Instructions: Dust gently or wipe with damp cloth. Not suitable for dishwasher or microwave.


This ceramic piece is thrown on the wheel and soft porcelain loops are added when hard. Before its final firing, a semi-opaque white-speckled glaze is applied. Locally grown willow is then cut to match the piece and attached.
The Maker Elaine Bolt Ceramicist - South East England

Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt’s work is guided by a sense of narrative and steeped in the context of the local surroundings. An alumni of the Crafts Council’s Hothouse scheme, Elaine works with local clay and mixed-media to create pieces which aim to blur the boundaries between the made and the found. Elaine teaches and lectures in ceramics at various institutions, including her Brighton-based studio, and her work is often informed by the colours and tones found in the landscape of the South Downs.

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