A hand-built and hand-painted earthenware plate.
Material: Earthenware, underglaze painting and clear glaze.
Size: 39 x 17.5 x 4cm (15.4" x 6.9" x 1.6")
Care instructions: Food Safe. Please note these pieces should be hand washed and wiped dry. Soaking in water is not recommended.
THE STORY | From the Attic
A new collection of hand-built and painted plates by German multi-disciplinary artist Lisa Sandner.
Lisa Sandner creates different worlds within her work, whether that’s a paper collage, a painting or a piece of pottery, there is a place, an atmosphere in which the work is set. For this new collection, From The Attic, Lisa invites us up an imagined creaky staircase of an old manor house and into the cathedral-like rafters.
Among dusty books, threadbare textiles and forgotten clocks, boxes of plates from another time with mysterious symbols and initials are carefully stacked with old sacking for protection. It is here, in this make-believe place that Lisa has been inspired to set her new work and she would like to invite us all to play.
Each plate and charger is hand built in earthenware, painted in an underglaze in patterns, figures and symbols. Mysterious dates and initials can be seen on many of the works as Lisa explains:
“Ever since I was a child, I was intrigued by initials stitched onto old linen and dates engraved on the handles of cutlery or painted on furniture. Today I collect these monograms and initials, snapping pictures of them or keeping them in my visual memory. I often invent stories of these unknown people, the people that once engraved a date on their soup ladle or painted a wooden box with their initials and wonder about the stories that lie behind each object.”
For this collection, Lisa has also been inspired by heraldic signs and pottery marks, as well as the traditional 19th century wooden carved biscuit moulds called Springerle. Native to Southern Germany where the artist’s family originates from, people would use these moulds for years, especially for Christmas baking and pass them down in their families.