T Magazine - The Beautifully Flawed Work of Emerging Ceramists / by Romy Northover

Clockwise from back left: No. vase with cracked Shino glaze, Dora Alzamora Good’s hand-thrown stoneware vase, a textured glaze cereal bowl by Akiko Hirai and a terracotta tea bowl, jug and ceremonial vessel from Alana Wilson.CreditPhotograph by Brooke Holm. Styled by Victoria Petro Conroy

Clockwise from back left: No. vase with cracked Shino glaze, Dora Alzamora Good’s hand-thrown stoneware vase, a textured glaze cereal bowl by Akiko Hirai and a terracotta tea bowl, jug and ceremonial vessel from Alana Wilson.CreditPhotograph by Brooke Holm. Styled by Victoria Petro Conroy

Romy Northover, an English potter who lives and works in Brooklyn under the label No., experiments with similar inspirations. She categorizes the look of her humble whitewashed pieces as “ancient future”: pinch pot-esque tea bowls and plump ruddy flower vases drizzled in layers of messy milky glaze. To achieve her naïve yet refined aesthetic, she plays tricks on herself: “The Japanese tea bowls I made most recently were looking too straight and perfect, so I spun my wheel in the opposite direction than I’m used to, to throw off the muscle memory in my hands. I had less control which renders these great offbeat shapes.”

By ALEXA BRAZILIAN MAY 12, 2017

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