A Rose by any Other Name

Made 2010
sold to a private collection

A Rose by any Other Name – The title of this piece comes from “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, part of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her rival’s house of Montague, that is, that he is named “Montague.” It is an important design decision that the dark lacing behind the thorns on this pot are in fact Kalashnikov rifles.

Coil built in red Staffordshire Earthenware clay and decorated with coloured slips. Slip trailing, painting and scraffito techniques were used in the decoration. It is the first piece to be made on this theme. Glazed with a transparent high gloss glaze to 1120°C oxidation firing.