Dappled Hydria Vessel

Abigail Schama
For Dappled Hydria Vessel, ceramicist Abigail Schama draws on her fascination with Ancient Greek pottery. Modeled on the shape and functionality of amphorae – the majestic vessels used in antiquity for food storage – Abigail takes this classical form and renders it in her own contemporary style, swapping warm terracotta for wintery, chalky whites. The resulting piece is a one-off decorative artwork, made watertight so it can also be used as a vase.

Material: Anthracite grey clay, glazes, and gold lustre
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 20cm, Height 25cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 7.9in, Height 9.8in
Care Instructions: Wash by hand with mild soap
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Abigail begins by throwing anthracite grey clay on the wheel before building the upper by hand – coiling, throwing and pinching – until she achieves the desired shape and texture. The surface of this vessel is left uneven to incorporate the marks where Abigail has carved and chattered at the wheel. After two vertical handles are coiled and added, a shiny transparent glaze is used internally and a dry, chalky white glaze externally. Light touches of gold lustre add a final flourish before third firing.
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.