Hand made stoneware platter by Francesca Kaye
Size: 35 x 25 x 3 cm (very large platter)
STORY | AFTER THE SUMMER RAIN
London-based ceramist Francesca Kaye uses stoneware in an almost sculptural way, creating hand made moulds in various shapes and sizes which she presses the clay into.
In this collection of unique, handmade plates and platters, that vary from the very large to smaller pieces, the artist has achieved an irresistible tactile quality, almost ancient in feel. Indentations and an unevenness give the work a lively energy that can only come from the hand of the maker.
In the centre of these luscious milk-white glazed platters are vignettes of hand painted flowers. Painted with a bold energetic hand, the flowers with their saturated blooms have the distinct feel of a garden after a downpour of summer rain. Smudgy, vibrant roses, tulips, pansies and wildflowers bob their heads in the watery glazes, shaking of the summer shower.
Francesca began her career in weaving and textiles, but promptly changed discipline after studying ceramics at Goldsmith’s College in the 1990’s. In recent years Francesca has worked from her purpose-built studio in the bottom of her garden.
Prolific and intuitive, she creates work in her bold yet delicate style, which is completely unique, referencing an array of influences. Asked for just a few of them, Francesca lists “the ceramic department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Hungarian folk art, children’s stickers and Matisse!”