Claylarks: New Neolithic

The New Craftsmen are delighted to present Viv Lee’s first collection of sculptural furniture as part of the 'Claylarks' exhibition. Viv Lee is an artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, known for her ceramic works inspired by the beautiful irregularity in nature. She has created a collection of textural, monolithic tables named ‘Tabula Rasa’, which reflects on primordial making and rituals.

Claylarks New Neolithic


Whilst mudlarking on the foreshore of the River Thames with the group of makers, Viv found that rather than the found objects, she was drawn to the natural materials she came across. As she walked along the banks of the river, she found herself picking up oyster shells, quartz and flint in a number of shapes, taking the form of miniature naturally-occuring sculptures.

Claylarks New Neolithic


Each table is hand built by Viv in numerous clay bodies, varying in size and form, drawing inspiration from the colours, textures and materials found on the foreshore. To create texture on the pieces, she used oyster shells and rocks as mark making tools to carve into the surface of the clay. Viv has incorporated quartz grog and crushed oyster shells into the surface of the clay, creating a tactility that acts as a reminder of the original inspiration.

Claylarks New Neolithic


She found herself considering rituals - from that of making to the daily habits and practices of everyday life. This study led her to consider the ‘altar’ of the home. With these works, Viv encourages the viewer to craft their own rituals - elevating the mundane - rather than prescribe how one might engage with the work. Each table is paired with smaller objects furthering this notion. These include two cups to connect people through conversation; an Ikebana dish and vessel to bring a sense of the outdoors into the home; and an incense burner and incense box to invite calmness and serenity.

Claylarks New Neolithic


Each table is one of a kind, with similar and bespoke versions available to commission - with or without the paired objects - please enquire for further details.

Explore the work by Viv Lee below.