Trichter Vase in Mandur I

Michael Ruh
Trichter Vase in Mandur I by glass artist Michael Ruh, is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. Michael’s collection of vases are inspired by the story of London and its inhabitants, informed by the innumerable objects at the Museum of London and his visit to the shores of the River Thames. Whilst mudlarking, he came to realise that the real ‘treasures’ of the trip were not his findings, but the stories they told - with each sherd he envisioned a group of people gathering together to tell him how they lived throughout the centuries. Michael was enamoured by the vessels housed in the Museum of London, imagining the wealth of stories within them, having gathered at banquets to share food and drink and converse. These pottery vessels influenced the silhouettes of Michael’s collection, with some literal transcriptions and others interpreted, but all possessing the same approachable and humane quality. For the colour palette, Michael returned back to the original sherds found along the Thames. With these pieces, Michael aimed to create pieces with a welcoming sense of festive significance.

Material: Blown glass
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 13cm, Height 35cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 5.1in, Height 13.8in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


Making hand blown glass is a long, absorbing process whereby molten glass is gradually rolled and manipulated into shape. While Michael’s functional pieces may seem simple, each object is a technical challenge requiring precise timing, perpetual movement and teamwork.
The Maker Michael Ruh Glass Artist - London

Michael Ruh is a celebrated glass artist creating blown glass pieces with a modern aesthetic. Since establishing his Studio in 2004, Michael has worked with simple, traditional tools that have been used throughout the centuries to craft exquisite tableware, lighting and home accessories. Michael’s forms are each marked with his signature technique of scribing lines across the surface of each vessel. The technique is reminiscent of Japanese Bokuseki calligraphy- each stroke being applied with intent and assertion.