This stoneware vase was made by throwing the base section at the wheel, then building up the rest of the form by hand using the coiling method. After the sculpting and adorning of the form was finalised, the piece was painted in layers of black slip before being fired and subsequently coated in a transparent glaze.
Four small handles were pulled from just below the rim of the piece, with spine-like protrusions trailing down from the point where these handles meet the body. There are four small cut-outs around the waist of the vase, creating openings into which various cuttings can be placed. I particularly like this vase for its ability to recede into a soft but full arrangement of flowers and foliage, its hardness occasionally visible through the gaps, making for a curious object.
Fully glazed, this vase holds water - though take care not to fill beyond the height of the openings!