Ahead of production launched in the New Year, Amy Hughes showcases Tryst at ENCOUNTERS. In this collaborative project between Amy Hughes, the V&A and 1882 Ltd, industry meets the studio maker - a meeting head on of two contrasting realms of making. The vase is a symbol of the ancient world, a functional object, a design motif; this collection aims to restore it's former status as the Ultimate Accessory. As part of her Artist in Residency at the V&A, Amy explored how stages and conditions of manufacture can be controlled to create variety in the final product.
Taking inspiration from the Museum's Collections, Amy uses elements of her own practice to marry traditional hand decorating techniques with the skills and expertise of Stoke on Trent's finest industry, with harmonious consequence. The vase takes direct inspiration from early and mid-18th Century Porcelain wares, with a desire to make such objects more accessible, taking them to new audiences, deconstructing and reworking to appeal to today’s consumer. The decoration, taken from sprig moulds carefully cast from Museum objects, hints at and pays homage to the originals whilst finding a new place in contemporary culture.
Designed in London, produced in Stoke, each slip cast fine bone china vase is unique in its finishing, organic rim and painterly splashes, worked with a knowledge of material and history of the subject.