V&A vase

This porcelain piece, made for the Victoria & Albert Museum, explores the process of slip casting in fine bone china.
Produced by 1882LTD it translates the quality and joy of quill and ink through ceramics.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2012
Nilufar Gallery, Milan 2013


How to Spend it

The New York Times, Italian Modern: The Gallerist Nina Yashar

In 2004 and following a friend’s suggestion, I began drawing characters in indian ink as a solution to the anxiety of dissertation writing whilst an undergraduate at Chelsea School of Art. Philosophical and theoretical texts morphed into small creatures and populations - each with imaginary beliefs, identites and customs.

The Lamb Lettuce of Tartary was a creature proposed as a bridge in evolution between species of flora and fauna in the late C18th.  It describes a plant-animal with both animal (lamb-like) and plant (with a stem) characteristics. 

With this belief-fantasy loosely in mind a host of inky characters emerged, some of which have been taken and translated into a mould for slip casting and the creation of this vase in porcelain.

The piece can be read as an ode to all beliefs conjured up in humanity's pursuit of meaning.


By appointment:
studio 1
Bridget Riley Studios
43 Dace Road, London E3 2NG