Gorgeous Gunmetal - part V

Dickerware English Arts & Crafts Classic Two-Handled Pot with Iridescent Gunmetal Glaze (LEO Design)

Is anything really new? Artists (and artisans) are forever struggling to give life to a new idea, a new style or a new aesthetic. Just succeeding at creating something novel does not mean it will be beautiful, be popular, or capture a viewer's admiration. Sometimes a successful craftsperson will simply take something old and present it in an altered (and fresh) way.

The ceramic two-handled pot form, shown above, could have been created any time in the last 5,000 years. It is the most classic of clay vessel shapes and could have been made by the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, or anyone else since then. A vessel like this could have been used for food, spices, ointments or the remains of the deceased. It is as classic as can be.

This version, shown above, was made in Sussex (in the South of England) by Dickerware, circa 1910's - 1920's. What makes it novel is the use of a futuristic iridescent gunmetal glaze—which gives it a vaguely "space age" aesthetic (though decades before such a reality).

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