Dappled Lidded Vessel

Abigail Schama
Dappled Lidded Vessel by Abigail Schama explores notions of femininity and privacy through shape and function. Gold lustre adds an aura of preciousness to this unique decorative piece, which is also watertight and serves as a storage jar. Abigail modelled this work on the curvaceous Moon Jar – a traditional form found in Korean ceramic art – and feeling the rounded shape was suggestive of the female form, she added a lid to the vessel for privacy. When it comes to surfaces, Abigail prefers texture to a smooth finish. Leaving the ripples of her throwing rings visible, the artist creates a personal impression on her work.

Material: Grey anthracite clay, Dolomite and transparent glazes, gold lustre and brown glass
cm: Width 19cm, Depth 19cm, Height 19cm
inches: Width 7.5in, Depth 7.5in, Height 7.5in
Care Instructions: Wash by hand with mild soap


The body of the pot is wheel thrown, with hand carvings and alterations made to its surface. Abigail leaves the wheel’s throwing rings visible, creating an undulating pattern and ensuring that no two vessels are the same. The lid is similarly thrown and altered, with a brown glassy finial added to the knob. After glazing, the piece is fired for a third time to add lustre.
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.