Foreshore Vessel VIII

Foreshore Vessel VIII by ceramicist John Wheeldon is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. John drew inspiration from the enormous variety of pottery sherds that he found while mudlarking along the foreshore of the River Thames, serving as lasting reminders of a number of periods throughout history, as well as looking back at a fragment of tudor green pottery that he was given as a boy. The sherds included Samian ware and Roman gray ware, which particularly influenced this collection. Roman vessels were often decorated with rouletting, a technique that John has carried throughout this collection. Through his trials of a number of techniques, the resulting vessels have a Roman form, with rouletting from both the Roman era and 18th century, combined with slip trailed decoration, from the 17th century, and lastly a glaze inspired by the Tudor period. John’s final collection reflects his experimental journey led by the jumble of foreshore sherds washed up by the Thames, re-imagined to create joyful new vessels.

Material: White earthenware clay, slip, glaze:
cm: Diameter 16cm, Height 16cm
inches: Diameter 6.3in, Height 6.3in
Care Instructions: Carefully hand wash


For these vessels, John has employed a number of traditional Roman methods, including their thrown forms, traditional Samian slip trailing and rouletting, but has also adorned the pots with a Tudor green glaze to bring them to life. Using this method as his base, John went on to experiment with various different elements, such as colour and the application and thickness of slip. The outcome brings together his references to create these one-of-a-kind pots.
The Maker John Wheeldon Ceramicist - East Midlands

Creating tableware that contemporises traditional 18th century creamware designs, Derbyshire-based ceramicist John Wheeldon draws inspiration from early pioneers in the field, such as Josiah Wedgewood, Thomas Whieldon and William Greatbach. To decorate his work, John has manufactured his own specialist tools, such as roulettes and handle dies, based on examples found in museums originating from the 1700s.

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