Heron Vessel I

Charlotte McLeish
Heron Vessel I is part of a new collection by London-based ceramicist Charlotte McLeish. Charlotte draws inspiration from intricately illustrated botanical books that she has accumulated, as she combines classical shapes and motifs with modern ceramic techniques and playful storytelling. This hand-pinched terracotta vessel is particularly influenced by Charlotte’s upbringing in the Midlands, where she was constantly surrounded by many forms of nature in the ancient woodlands and open fields around her. Birds, hares and foxes regularly occur throughout her work as a reflection on her time growing up there.

Material: Terracotta, underglaze, oxides
cm: Diameter 18cm, Height 29.5cm
inches: Diameter 7.1in, Height 11.6in
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry or lightly damp cloth


This piece is shaped with pinching and coiling techniques, using a lightly textured terracotta clay. Once fired, the bowl is sanded smooth to create a fine, even surface for hand painting. The process of applying underglaze and oxides, when hand painting the piece, produces a beautiful contrast between the image and subtle texture of terracotta.
The Maker Charlotte McLeish Ceramicist - London

East London-based ceramicist Charlotte McLeish makes elegant stoneware vases and vessels. Drawing inspiration from ancient Greek and Egyptian ceramics, her pieces offer a pure and refined take on a traditional style. Having grown up in a family of jewellers, she has always been fascinated with hand-made processes and went on to study Ceramic Design at Central St Martins. Charlotte combines five different clays and uses only two dry glazes, resulting in her pieces having strong visual unity.