Ishtar is a hand-thrown ceramic stoneware plate by Abigail Schama. She is formed of a dark clay body, dipped in dolomite and transparent glaze, and tinged with maroon streaks and gray ash. Inspired by the impetuous Mesopotamian goddess of love and war, she represents strength. She is suitable as a decorative piece or as a serving platter. All glazes are food safe.
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.