Collecting Table Collection

In Viv Lee’s first collection of sculptural furniture, she has created a collection of textural, monolithic tables - an idea sparked by primordial making and rituals. Developed as part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection, Viv felt that her connection to nature was through materiality, as she picked up and held oyster shells, flint and quartz while walking along the foreshore of the River Thames. This series of functional pieces are designed to elevate the mundane and to form part of personal rituals, with the smaller paired objects furthering this notion. With these small tables, or sculptural altars, Viv encourages the viewer to craft their own rituals, rather than prescribing how one might engage with the work. Each table varies in size and form, drawing inspiration from the colours, textures and materials found on the foreshore. The Collecting Table comes paired with a nut box to contain objects, from those with personal significance to found curiosities.

Material: Various clays, underglaze and Thames oyster shell glaze
Table: Width 31.5cm, Depth 31.5cm, Height 51cm
Nut box: Width 13.5cm, Depth 10cm, Height 11cm
Care Instructions: This item is made from glazed ceramic and should be handled and used with great care. Dust with a lint free cloth.
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Viv has used fireclay and white stoneware to build this piece by hand. Accompanying this tactile table, is a small nut box, made from terracotta crank and glazed with foraged oyster shells, found along the foreshore of the Thames.
The Maker Viv Lee Artist & Maker - Scotland

Viv Lee was born in Hong Kong and studied at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating, she remained in Glasgow and is still based there today, creating ceramics inspired by the beautiful irregularity of nature. Rather than seeking perfect symmetry in her work, Viv looks to organic forms – particularly the human body – and embraces the imperfect. Each piece is a unique work of art, which also serves a functional purpose. Her hand-built stoneware lamps have been exclusively created for The New Craftsmen.