Iris Collection IV

Charlotte McLeish
The Iris Collection IV is a collection of unique, handmade vases by London-based ceramicist Charlotte McLeish. Iris, in Greek mythology, is the personification of the rainbow and (in Homer’s Iliad, for example) a messenger of the gods. According to the Greek poet Hesiod, she was the daughter of Thaumas and the ocean nymph Electra. Influenced by this myth and ancient Greek and Egyptian ceramics, and enamoured by the small-scale classical perfume bottles on display at The British Museum, Charlotte’s latest collection ties in beautifully with her previous work and offers a pure, refined take on a traditional style. Made from stoneware clay and finished in a dry, chalky dolomite glaze, these are suitable for displaying flowers or as a stand alone decorative piece.

Material: Clay, glaze
Dimensions range from: (please enquire for further details)
cm: Width 7.5cm, Depth 5.5cm, Height 10.5cm
inches: Width 3in, Depth 2.2in, Height 4.1in
Care Instructions Clean with a dry or lightly damp cloth only


This collection of vases is built up from a pinch pot using coils and slabs of stoneware clay and decorated simply, with various porcelain slips and glazes. Charlotte names her pieces after the ancient vases that initially inspired them, a theme which runs throughout her work.
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.