Dancer Vessel IV


Dancer Vessel IV by ceramicist Charlotte McLeish is part of a collection of purely decorative, terracotta vases inspired by the figures and stories of ancient greek mythology and the traditional artefacts and pottery of that era. For this piece, Charlotte has chosen to depict the dancer who accompanies the goddess Terpsichore as she plays the lyre.

Whilst exploring the forms and silhouettes of vases of ancient Greece, Charlotte found herself not only drawn to their shape but the storytelling role of the vase within this ancient civilisation. Each vase playfully recreates the energy of these narratives with figures, patterns, and stories inscribed onto their surface, capturing the trevails of Gods, Goddesses, women, animals and mythical creatures.

Material: Terracotta, glazes and oxides
cm: Width 9cm, Depth 10cm, Height 13cm
inches: Width 3.5in, Depth 3.9in, Height 5.1in
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry or lightly damp cloth only


Each piece is made from grogged (textured) terracotta which Charlotte hand builds using pinching and coiling methods. Once each vase has been bisque fired, Charlotte sands the surface down slightly to achieve a smooth surface onto which she can paint her mythological scenes using a mixture of underglazes and oxides. She then finishes the piece by glazing the inside of the vessel with a glossy transparent glaze.
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.