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 Australian Quandong bush and its iconic red fruits found in the dry arid zones of Australia. Quandongs are part of the sandalwood family. The fruits were used - fresh and dried - by the original owners of Australia as a food and a medicinal. Versatile enough for the flesh to be a source of vitamin C and the seeds a source of essential oils, while the kernel is used to cure toothache. 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. The quandong tree is a classic Australian survival success story. The bush thrives in the drought-prone semi-desert regions of inland Australia. The ripening of the red fruits were highly anticipated by the aboriginal peoples. Quandongs are sometimes called a ?wild peach?, with their sweet, salty, tangy flavour profile.The artist has highlighted the line drawing of the plant with several of the mature fruits. The interior of the jug has a vibrant red 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.