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modern jazz-influenced vase


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a distinctive ceramic vase that will draw attention – a unique and quirky piece for anybody with an adventurous taste in design and the home.

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Jazz and ceramics.

This is a fine example of  modern slipware which jazz music inspired into shape. It is a modern jazz vase because the workshop’s favourite musician is Thelonious Monk, after whom the whole series of our ceramic art pieces is named. He made us do it. Please do not worry about understanding the piece, it just came into shape that way.

We used a tile clay that has a toasted ochre tone that we like, specially after we pour on a thin white slip (a mixture of clay and water) before we glaze fire it at 1275 degrees. When it comes out of the kiln with its full glaze showing, you can see the natural ochre tones peeking through the colours. The maker’s hand also leaves his brush marks on the surface, as well as drips and smudges, making the piece unique and “one off”.

Its engaging lop sided stance is just a little like Monk’s playing, a fine example of syncopation made flesh, or clay, since in music, syncopation involves a variety of rythms which are in some way unexpected, thus making a tune or piece of music off beat – “a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm“. If you would like to know more about Monk, visit our blog by clicking here.

Additional information

Weight 3.5 kg
Dimensions 30 x 30 x 26 cm
tile clay, white slip, transparent glaze. Oxides. 3.5 k weight. 13 x 13 cms base, 30 cms at widest point. 26 cmd height.
Our Delivery charge within Mainland UK is £5.95 on orders of up to £75. Delivery is free within Mainland UK for orders of over £75. (Bird Baths - please note that because of the combined weight of the base and ceramic bird bath we have added a £40 delivery charge which is included in the overall price. We will refund this amount to any purchaser who collects their bird bath from our Herefordshire workshop. Murals - prices on application). Please e-mail us at before placing an order if you would like your purchases to be delivered beyond Mainland UK and overseas so that we can let you know what the delivery cost will be.