Giving Bowl IV

Giving Bowl IV by ceramicist Iva Polachova can be used as a decorative piece or functional. Made from textured clay, built using the coiling technique, it is then lightly coated in a matt white glaze. This bowl is part of a wider collection of work which explores the relationship between form and space, and the way clay embraces the space within a bowl. Iva considers the wide open shape of the Giving Bowls as an expression of openness and generosity. Before the glaze is applied, she carefully scratches the surface to make gentle marks that move with the form of the piece and subtly show through the calming glaze. Due to the clay’s porous nature, please protect your surface underneath.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Width 18cm, Depth 18cm, Height 21.5cm
inches: Width 7.1in, Depth 7.1in, Height 8.5in
Care Instructions: Dust gently with a dry 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 decorated in a calm and neutral palette, adding to the serenity of each piece.
The Maker Iva Polachova Ceramicist - London

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.