Nicola Hart (SOLD)

Ruffle Vase, 2021

15 cm
I gather inspiration from nature, flowers and botanical shapes, coral and sea life. I am drawn to porcelain as a medium for its unique translucency, and its ability to reflect light and colour. Porcelain is a very fragile and temperamental clay, unforgiving in its pure whiteness and form. It reveals every mark that I make in the clay's surface.
I have reimagined a traditional long-necked amphora vase. The delicate ruffles around its neck soften the shape and create a unique silhouette. I have hand built the form using a combination of traditional ceramic techniques, then added layers of porcelain frills to give the vase a unique sculptural form. The vessel is an expression of the beautiful organic shapes we all relate to in nature.
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