Embrace Vessel IV

Iva Polachova
Embrace Vessel IV by ceramicist Iva Polachova can be used as a decorative piece or a functional vase. Made from textured clay built using the coiling technique and coated in a matt white glaze inspired by Lucie Rie. This vessel was handmade by Iva in London and forms part of a wider collection of work which explores the relationship between form and space, and the way clay embraces the space within a vessel. By creating different collars on her pieces, Iva gives each a specific feel and character. Before the glaze is applied, she carefully scratches the surface to make gentle marks that move with the form of the piece and subtly shows through the calming, matt white glaze.

Material: Stoneware
cm: Width 13cm, Depth 13cm, Height 29cm
inches: Width 5.1in, Depth 5.1in, Height 11.4in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp cloth


Iva works the clay with care and intensity, eschewing the potter's wheel and choosing to only coil and pinch her pieces into existence, thus heightening her physical connection to the work. Using stoneware clay and simple tools, Iva’s vessels are often decorated in a calm and neutral palette, adding to the serenity of each piece.
The Maker Iva Polachova Ceramicist - South East England

Iva Polachova is a London based potter specialising in contemporary ceramics, tableware and decorative vessels. The creative process and rhythm of making are crucial to Iva’s work. She draws inspiration from sculptor Constantin Brancusi on the essential in art and is influenced by artist Paul Klee’s thoughts on the artist distilling from nature. Iva’s work combines balance, clearness, fluidity and tactility. She uses a variety of clays ranging from the refined to the coarse – from porcelain to crank.