Self 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. Self Table is accompanied by a singular bowl to represent the act of being present in your own company.

Material: Various clays, white underglaze and Thames oyster shell glaze
Table: Width 29.5cm, Depth 27cm, Height 25cm
Bowl: Width 9.5cm, Depth 9.5cm, Height 6cm
Care Instructions: This item is made from glazed ceramic and should be handled and used with great care. Dust with a lint free cloth.


Viv’s use of terracotta crank gives a great richness to the handbuilt Self Table, with an underglaze to create tactility. The table is accompanied by a fireclay and white stoneware bowl that has been glazed with foraged oyster shells, collected by Viv along the foreshore of the Thames, and finished in a reduction firing.
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.