Athena is a wheel-thrown, stoneware ceramic jug with handle by Abigail Schama, seen in our film, The Wrangle. Her namesake was known for wisdom and craft, but also her punishing nature. In this form, her shoulders are flushed with a streaked glaze and touched with solidified ash. Her craggy opening reaches wide and outwards unapologetically. She is suitable as a decorative piece or to hold flowers.
The making of...
Each piece is the result of an intimate wrangle with the artist on the wheel. Abigail Schama works with a palette of transparent glazes and 24-carat gold lustre layered over a darker clay body. She marks the exterior and interior surfaces, creating a rugged, human tactility and imbuing each vessel with its own inner life. Each pieces' form and contours play on the edges of functionality; no two pieces are alike.
About Abigail Schama
London-based Abigail Schama came to ceramics after a long career as a painter. Her works explore untethering humanity within clay, and showcase the beauty and strength in putting imperfections on display.