Nacht I by ceramicist Sophie Wilson, of 1690, is part of the The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’
collection. For this tyg, Sophie Wilson drew inspiration from a sherd of early feathered slipware from the foreshore of Thames, together with a piece of marbled slipware she found in the garden of her 16th century home in the Fens. These pieces ignited her imagination and she set to work creating a form that combined both slipware techniques. This led her to rework the tyg - a multi-handled drinking vessel, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries - which became the vehicle for a range of techniques, including slip trailing, feathering and sgraffito. Nacht, or night, refers to the image on the intaglio. This tyg might once have been awarded to the person who put out the candles, the one who controlled light.
These works sometimes feature fine surface fractures or splits, typically caused by thermal expansion and contraction and shrinkage during the making process.
Material: Terracotta, red slip, white slip
cm: Diameter 17cm, Height 16cm
inches: Diameter 6.7in, Height 6.3in
Care Instructions: Gently hand rinse in warm soapy water