The Jockey I

The Jockey 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 audacious vehicle for a range of techniques, including slip trailing, sgraffito and feathering. The Jockey relates to the hat depicted on the intaglio - it hints at a prize or a race won; a memory of winning.

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


The 1690 tyg is a substantial handbuilt form in terracotta, decorated using slip trailing and feathering techniques in red and white slip. Sophie’s classic sgraffito patents were then applied as intaglios, which decorate the vessel, as a lost reference to special celebrations and merrymaking.
The Maker 1690 Artist & Ceramicist - East Midlands

1690 is the brainchild of artist and ceramicist, Sophie Wilson. After packing up her life from London in order to restore a hauntingly beautiful, dilapidated manor house in Lincolnshire, Sophie unwittingly stepped into a new era of inspiration. From her kitchen table, she produces characterful collections of wonderfully purposeful ceramics, each with their own unique story.