Vinca Rosea Vessel III

Charlotte McLeish
Vinca Rosea Vessel III is part of a new collection by London-based ceramicist Charlotte McLeish. Charlotte draws inspiration from intricately illustrated botanical books that she has accumulated, as she combines classical shapes and motifs with modern ceramic techniques and playful storytelling. This hand-pinched terracotta vessel is particularly influenced by a recent visit to Kew Gardens, after which she sought to capture the captivating Vinca Rosea, also known as Bright Eyes. The ornamental and medicinal plant is native to Madagascar and has been captured by Charlotte against a sunny yellow background. The elegant nature of the vinca rosea sitting alongside the butterfly is a reflection on Charlotte’s childhood memories of growing up in Wiltshire.

Material: Terracotta, underglaze, oxides
cm: Width 10cm, Depth 8.5cm, Height 12cm
inches: Width 3.9in, Depth 3.3in, Height 4.7in
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry or lightly damp cloth


This piece is shaped with pinching and coiling techniques, using a lightly textured terracotta clay. Once fired, the bowl is sanded smooth to create a fine, even surface for hand painting. The process of applying underglaze and oxides, when hand painting the piece, produces a beautiful contrast between the image and subtle texture of terracotta.
The Maker Charlotte McLeish Ceramicist - London

East London-based ceramicist Charlotte McLeish makes elegant stoneware vases and vessels. Drawing inspiration from ancient Greek and Egyptian ceramics, her pieces offer a pure and refined take on a traditional style. Having grown up in a family of jewellers, she has always been fascinated with hand-made processes and went on to study Ceramic Design at Central St Martins. Charlotte combines five different clays and uses only two dry glazes, resulting in her pieces having strong visual unity.