Più Single Stem Vessel

9 × 3 × 3 / April Drop 2022

The Single Stem Vessel is inspired by the arching neck of Pre-Columbian stirrup water vessels, but elongated and punctured to run a single stem through the center. This vessel is the foundation of the Permanent Collection of Vessels, which was designed around complimenting this form. It is intended to highlight a simple, willowy stem or vine's simplicity and elegance, and can also be used to hold a thin tapered candle. The Più Single Stem Vessel has a .5” hole through the belly.

The Più Series is, in essence, a miniature line of our most popular forms: The Single Stem Vessel, The Bridge Handled Vessel, and the Aortic Vessel. "Più" is an onomatopoeic word that sounds exactly how the pieces look, but with a twist, translates in Italian to "more". We like this play on the word whose sound mimics the feel of the piece, but also gets to the intentional root of this series; expanding on the work to make it more accessible and more varied.

Materials: Cast white stoneware, black underglaze, slightly textured matte black glaze. Olive oil to finish.


Chavin Stirrup Pot depicting lucuma fruit, Peru. 1000 BC - 0 AD.

Moche Stirrup Pot 600-700 AD. Stirrup vessels have been used across South and Central America as water vessels, their arching necks allowing for easy carrying and thin spouts keeping water cool within. This particular vessel encountered in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was the seed for the first Single Stem Vessel in 2017, which has become the foundation for the Permanent Collection.

Swirl Stirrup Vessel, Peru. From an exhibition of peruvian pottery in Barcelona.

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