Small Scroll Vase
A beautiful ceramic scroll vase hand-crafted by Diane Griffin, featuring scrolled text and gilded edging. This is a functional vase that can be used to hold flowers or grasses.
The vase measures approximately 10.5cm in height with an internal size of approx 2cm diameter.
About Diane Griffin
Diane Griffin is a British ceramic artist based in Northamptonshire where she works from her peaceful garden studio. Diane graduated from Farnham in 1988 with BA Hons in ceramics and she has over 30 years of experience of working with clay. She has taught ceramics and art in many settings over the years as she loves to share her passions for the creative arts.
I enjoy designing within the boundaries of function and small batch production as well as having the freedom in making sculptures where I can explore deeper into my themes and experiment with forms, concepts and media.
The inspiration for my work stems from a trip to Jerusalem many years ago. I visited the Wailing Wall and was intrigued by the thousands of wishes and prayers written on paper and crammed between the stones in the wall. I love this idea of leaving something of yourself, perhaps something very personal yet it's in a public place. I was inspired by the collective focus for so many peoples' hopes and wishes at this ancient site and their interaction with it, much like the Love Letters Wall in Verona and the Love Locks Bridge in Paris. I have also recently incorporated some hand written scripts into my work which are taken from old family letters such as those exchanged by my grandparents during the war in 1944. I overlay and essentially redesign the script so that you can't read the whole letter but can recognise words or parts of sentences which keeps it private yet the final piece will sit in a public place such as a gallery or another's home.
My work features many paper-like scrolls, sometimes single scrolls as a bud vase and other times pushed together to form a sculptural focus on a larger vase. I enjoy using a combination of techniques - slip casting and hand building. The main body of my larger vases is slip cast, then I hand roll scrolls in different sizes and apply them individually.
I use a variety of scroll sizes for visual interest as well as allowing different stem sizes to be accommodated. I have aimed to strike a balance between a sculptural aesthetic and a practical function.