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Candlestick IV (White Earthenware)



Candlestick IV (White Earthenware)


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Product Details

Artist Name: Fliff Carr

Size: 15cm height x 4.2cm width at base (5.9 x 1.7 inches) (holds 1.5cm candle)

A one off piece. White earthenware clay with gold lustre detail.

In many ways Fliff Carr's works are beautiful pieces of function, a lidded pot for keeping your own treasures, a luxurious butter dish for a special breakfast - a cheese dish even.

However, as you look at the piece closely it begins to reveal its poetic story; the fine, shell-like domes recall the shape of buoys bobbing in the water. The 'mudlark' finds are clustered, clinging like barnacles, or sitting proudly like sentinels on top.

The Breakfast Table

There is a very special house, in the historic area of Spitalfields in East London, that has inspired our latest collection.

Dennis Severs’ House is a gem of early 18th century London architecture. Built in 1724 and saved from dereliction by the Spitalfields Trust, Dennis Severs reconfigured it in the 1970’s  to tell the story of an imaginary Huguenot family who had lived there since it was built in 1724.

The remarkable thing about the house is that it is set out as if the family has just left for the day, with surprising and humorous details at every turn. 

(Dennis Severs’ Kitchen: Photography by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies)

It was on a recent visit to the house, and seeing the kitchen table (above), set for breakfast by candlelight, that led us to commission the ceramicists Fliff Carr and Rebecca Brown to create a special collection for a late winter, early spring breakfast table.


About the maker

Fliff Carr is a maker of simple yet beautiful ceramics. Working from her studio in north London for the last 16 years, her finely thrown and hand rolled work is uniquely eclectic. Exploration of scale and pattern characterise Fliff’s sometimes whimsical often surprising pieces. Shell-like white earthenware clay is combined with found objects and touches of gold and platinum lustre to create these magical pieces.

Inspired by her a love of found objects Fliff uses artefacts and fragments of a past narrative as a constant inspiration for her work. She references details from fields as diverse as book illustration, cathedral glass, graffiti, machinery, masonry and lace which inform the texture, shape and imagery present in her collection.

“I am drawn to the idea of collecting and like to design and display things in groups. My use of gold adds to the notion of ‘treasure’, of found objects that are precious.”