Chalky Gold Sake Set I

Abigail Schama
Abigail Schama explores form and function with her Chalky Gold Sake Set I. Celebrating her love of Japanese aesthetics, the London-based ceramicist has modelled this elegant trio of vessels – two small cups and a bottle – on the traditional sake set. These vessels can be used as tableware or displayed as individual decorative pieces and Abigail takes great care to give each set a holistic energy, despite the differing methods and materials used. All are glazed in chalky whites, and streaked with gold.

Material: Dark stoneware and light reclaimed clay, porcelain, satin glaze and gold lustre
Dimensions: Height: 12cm, L: 8cm Width: 8cm
Care Instructions: Wash by hand with mild soap
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The sake bottle is shaped from dark stoneware, and the cups – or miniature bowls – are a light, reclaimed clay. The bottle is first thrown on the wheel and then hand-altered by Abigail through carving, scoring and marking its surface. The same process is applied to her cups, after pinching and taking their own turn on the wheel. This ensures each set possesses a unique, one-off feel and retains an impression of the maker in its form. The bottle’s interior is then glazed, leaving a dry vitrified exterior for contrast. Both cups are glazed all over with a softer finish, to enhance the drinker’s experience.
The Maker Abigail Schama Ceramicist - London

London-based ceramicist Abigail Schama studied Fine Art at Camberwell and Bristol, before taking an MA in Art Theory at Chelsea. Abigail pursued ceramics following a career in painting, drawn to the tactile and functional nature of the craft, and learnt the trade under the tutelage of Loewe Craft Prize nominee Akiko Hirai. Her recent work for The New Craftsmen is inspired by Greek mythology, paying homage to tradition while adhering to a more contemporary aesthetic.