Scent Table Collection

Viv Lee
In Viv Lee’s first collection of sculptural furniture, she has created a collection of textural, monolithic tables - an idea sparked by primordial making and rituals. Developed as part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection, Viv felt that her connection to nature was through materiality, as she picked up and held oyster shells, flint and quartz while walking along the foreshore of the River Thames. This series of functional pieces are designed to elevate the mundane and to form part of personal rituals, with the smaller paired objects furthering this notion. With these small tables, or sculptural altars, Viv encourages the viewer to craft their own rituals, rather than prescribing how one might engage with the work. Each table varies in size and form, drawing inspiration from the colours, textures and materials found on the foreshore. Scent Table comes paired with an incense burner and incense box to give a sense of calm and serenity.

Material:Various clays, crushed Thames flint and quartz grog and and Thames oyster shell glaze
Table: Width 32.5cm, Depth 32cm, Height 42cm
Vase: Width 12cm, Depth 12cm, Height 24.5cm
Box: Width 11.5cm, Depth 8cm, Height 9.5cm
Dish: Width 13.5cm, Depth 13.5cm, Height 3cm
Care Instructions: This item is made from glazed ceramic and should be handled and used with great care. Dust with a lint free cloth.


Scent Table is handbuilt by Viv Lee using numerous clay bodies, predominantly white stoneware. The incense burner and incense box are both finished in a glaze combined with foraged oyster shells, with a result that resembles flint. The incorporation of quartz grog in the surface creates an emotive tactility. Viv has used found objects such as oyster shells and rocks collected from the Thames to carve into the surfaces to create texture.
The Maker Viv Lee Artist & Maker - Scotland

Viv Lee was born in Hong Kong and studied at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating, she remained in Glasgow and is still based there today, creating ceramics inspired by the beautiful irregularity of nature. Rather than seeking perfect symmetry in her work, Viv looks to organic forms – particularly the human body – and embraces the imperfect. Each piece is a unique work of art, which also serves a functional purpose. Her hand-built stoneware lamps have been exclusively created for The New Craftsmen.