Tulip and Harlequin Caddy Vase

Polly Fern
Tulip and Harlequin Caddy Vase is a one-of-a-kind decorative piece by illustrator and ceramicist Polly Fern; inspired by the book of poetry Poets in the Garden by Denis Wood.

This vase forms part of Polly's whimsical Cobalt Collection for The New Craftsmen, which is inspired by an old book of garden poems by Denis Wood published in 1978. This earthenware vase is decorated with a cobalt oxide and features charming scenes and iconography including curious cuckoo birds, and characters gardening by moonlight and picking snapdragons.
Material: White Earthenware clay and tin glaze
Dimensions: Height: 20 cm, Length: 10 cm, Width: 10 cm
Care Instructions: Wipe gently with lukewarm water.
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The caddy is made from hand-cut slabs of white earthenware clay that are joined together using a traditional process in pottery known as slabbing. Before its first firing, the piece is dipped in a tin glaze - a lead-based glaze containing a small amount of tin oxide used for its opacity and whiteness. It is then hand-painted with a mix of oxides, slips and underglazes and fired for a final time. To add further interest, Polly uses a decorative technique called sgraffito, scratching details into the surface of the clay, to enhance the overall composition.
The Maker Polly Fern Ceramicist - East of England

Based in Norwich, Polly Fern is an illustrator and ceramicist who creates tin-glazed ceramic pieces. Polly has a BA First Class in Illustration from Norwich University of The Arts and her work has been displayed in various, world-renowned international galleries, including The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and The MET Museum in New York. Polly’s work is illustrated by hand with drawings inspired by places, historical events and childhood stories, making each object an original work of art.