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Helena Vessel by ceramicist Abigail Schama is inspired by Helena of Troy from Homer’s ‘The Iliad’. Exploring the notions of feminine beauty and perfection, and how these fantasised ideals resulted in deeming a woman worthy enough to go to war for, the Helena that influenced this piece is a woman of substance; sturdy, self-contained and adorned.
Material: Porcelain and crank.
Dimensions: Height: 35cm, Length: 22cm, Width: 22cm.
Care Instructions: Wash by hand with mild soap.
The piece is thrown on the wheel in two parts, before it is moulded into the desired shape. Crafted from a mix of porcelain and crank clay, the vessel is decorated with a cobalt grog and dolomite glaze, with shards of blue glass embedded into the surface.
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.
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