We purchased this little earthenware bowl and jug from the wonderful gift shop at Charleston House on our recent visit (which you can read about here). They are the work of Sussex-based artist Yolande Beer, who creates brush-decorated ceramics often adorned with wonderfully lively figures and patterns in her unique, free hand style. I love the unusual, waved shape of this jug (see the image below) and the vibrant green of the stripes. The free style of the stripes tie in perfectly with where we bought this set from - Charleston, where Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's free-hand work is similar in that nothing had to be perfect - in fact, it's often the imperfections that make things more beautiful!
Yolande Beer trained in three-dimensional design in Brighton and after five years as a Brighton Studio-Potter was awarded a sponsorship to travel to Japan where she spent a year brush-decorating tableware and preparing for a solo show in Tokyo. Since her return to the UK in the 90s, Yolande has featured in numerous shops and exhibitions and in recent years has enjoyed the teaching side of her profession - tutoring children and adults alike. For more information on Yolande and her work, make sure you visit her website.
Other examples of Yolande's work:
These four images are from Yolande's website.
More about the artist . . .