Formed from an iron rich clay from St Agnes, these Yunomi tea bowls are a beautiful pale ivory with hints of green, reminiscent of lichen or sea shells, the glaze reacting differently at the edges and centre during their reduction firing. A balanced shape to hold in your hand, with a turned foot ring at the base and delicate combed sgrafitto marks, each one with a subtle difference and a character of its own.
- Hand thrown in Devon, England
- Each piece is unique, showing the marks of the maker's process
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- Dimensions approx: 9cm x 8cm
- Care: hand wash with care recommended
The tea bowl is a highly valued ceramic form that represents nourishment and sustenance, the process of gas firing creates a flow of unexpected textures and nuances from piece to piece, depending on its location in the kiln and the way the smoke and fire reacts with the clay and the glaze.
Ali Herbert started her pottery career at Loughborough College of Art, followed by a year in London, at Goldsmiths on their Postgraduate course. Her career has taken her to many places after her studies including working in Nigeria as a VSO potter and some years later spending time out in South India as lead potter for a charitable trust establishing a small scale production pottery in Tamil Nadu. Inspiration for some of her work comes from the visual journals kept at those times with studies of nature and pots.
After returning from Nigeria she started work as apprentice Potter to John Leach, at Muchelney Pottery with Nick Rees and Lizzie Leach where she spent 3 years contributing to the production range of wood-fired pottery.
Her forms evolve from the old containers and tools and pots from an early industrial age or rural artifacts that are now preserved in museum collections. These are shapes she likes to revisit to find her own personal interpretation. They form an exploration of the vessel which follows some focused themes – like ovals and pancheon shapes and tall straight bottles, This is a measured approach to making – the individual work compliments the flow of tableware production, with repeat wares that become familiar and trademark shapes in her collection of work.
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