Small spike rim beaker. Virus prints.

Spike rimmed virus beaker with underglaze prints. Wheel thrown with lead glaze, oxides and stains.


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This beaker / vase was originally made and bisque fired for my degree work in Cheltenham. However I never got around to glazing it until almost 23 years later at my Sweeney Pottery studio.

The spikey rim warns against drinking from the vessel. I call this shape my ‘urn’ shape, though I often use it as the body of loving cups.

The underglaze printed images are straight from my unconscious, I call them the ‘Virus’ range, but there are distinct references to my early interest in fossils too.

This vase, or beaker, was my first ever experiment with this form of under-glaze printing. I wasn’t at all sure that the prints would not simply run with the glaze on the vertical surface. I think it worked.

Wheel thrown and turned, with applied moulded parts.

Date made:
01/03/2000, glazed Oct 2022

Earthenware with lead glaze and raw oxides.

135 mm

Net weight:
352 grams


Weight 900 g