Aude Van Ryn

Edme by London-based ceramicist and illustrator Aude Van Ryn is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. This decorative terracotta sculpture is a one-off work inspired by the unique tidal quality of the River Thames and the resulting miscellany of objects and artefacts, ranging from yesterday’s trash to centuries-old treasure, that wash up on its shores. Aude’s series of one-off sculptures have a sense of miscellany and transform the rich layering of the history of London into curious characters. Inspired by 14th to 18th century ceramic vases and vessels shaped like women, often crudely made but elaborately decorated. Aude’s sculptures represent the significance of the distinguished river throughout the centuries, with a jumble of elements coming together to form hybrid characters, floating in time, whether they are queens, warriors or deities. After researching spriggs and roulette work from various historical references housed in the Museum of London archives, Aude handmade a collection of clay stamps, roulettes and tools for mark-making, which she has used to add decorative surface patterns. The intense green and honey glazes can be seen throughout Aude’s collection of sculptural juxtapositions.

Material: Terracotta, glazes
cm: Width 15cm, Depth 14.5cm, Height 38cm
inches: Width 5.9in, Depth 5.7in, Height 15in
Care Instructions: Wipe with a dry or very slightly damp lint free cloth


Aude often began by creating a small model or maquette before building on a larger scale. Each artwork has been hand-built from grogged terracotta clay. Aude assembled the individual pieces, cuts from slabs of clay, to create her undulating, free-standing sculptures. She added decoration and surface patterns using a handmade collection of clay stamps, roulettes and tools for mark-making. Due to the complexity of the pieces, Aude used a spray gun to apply the glaze evenly. The primary glaze is transparent with green, honey, oat and brown hues used on the smaller elements.
The Maker Aude Van Ryn Illustrator & Ceramicist - London

Celebrated Belgian illustrator and ceramicist Aude Van Ryn creates handmade ceramic tableware, figurines and sculptures. She has developed a vibrant, abstract aesthetic, incorporating dots, lines and geometric shapes, alongside brightly coloured plants, flowers and birds. Aude Van Ryn moved to London aged 21 to study illustration at Central Saint Martins. She went on to study at the Royal College of Art and has been creating distinctive illustrations for publications such as The Guardian & The New Yorker.