Persephone Vessels, 2019

Slip cast porcelain, bubble and stencil underglaze details, glaze, gold lustre

The imagery on these vessels is inspired by a Roman brooch found in Carlisle and on display in Tullie House Museum. The pomegranate has been a symbol of fertility, beauty and eternal life in Greek mythology and was absorbed into Roman culture. Persephone, wife of Hades and Queen of the underworld, spends six months of each year in the underworld, after she was tricked into eating six pomegranate seeds. She spends the other half of the year in the world of the living, with her mother Demeter, where she is a Goddess of Fertility.

This body of work is available from Cupola Gallery, Sheffield