About this item:
This hand-sized jug is perfect for taking milk or sauces to the table. The vessel is also ideal as a small flower vase.This jug is illustrated with the Tasmanian pepperberry or mountain pepper, found in the temperate rainforests of southeastern Australia. The Mountain Pepper was traditionally used as a spice and medicine by indigenous Australians. Now the leaves and berries are used for spicing up all sorts of culinary dishes.The artist creates these jugs by throwing a cylinder from fine Australian porcelain clay and then altering it into an oval. A pouring spout is formed, and the bottom of the vessel is attached.The exterior surface of the jug is illustrated by hand, using a syringe filled with black slip - a liquid form of clay with an oxide that turns black when fired. In early spring, the Mountain Pepper flower in a dazzling display of creamy white clusters of flowers that produce dark red berries that turn black as they ripen in autumn. The artist has highlighted the line drawing of the plant with several of the mature berries. The interior of the jug has a deep blue glaze and is fully functional.
Techniques & Glazes:
Black Slip Line Art | Dipped glaze | Illustrated line & colour
This vessel is handmade and unique. It comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity from the artist.
Authentic, handmade ceramic vessels can show some variation in colour, shape and texture from piece to piece. Artistic authenticity is our goal rather than identical mechanical reproductions.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Frances Smith is an accomplished Australian ceramic artist and teacher. She is academically trained with degrees and diplomas in graphic design and ceramic arts. Formerly head of design for the Seven Network and working for many TV and production companies, she now lives and works in the beautiful NSW seaside village of Kiama.