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Teapot with Cane Handle by Alan Caiger-Smith

Teapot with Cane Handle by Alan Caiger-Smith

Tin glazed earthenware with brush painted decoration.

This work is a good example of the lustre ware technique which originated in the Near East. Caiger-Smith became one of the leading practitioners of the technique in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. Alan Caiger-Smith has gained much inspiration from pots in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, especially the brushwork and colour of the Gaisher Collection of tin glaze wares and the Ades collection of Persian Lustre. He later developed the demanding technique of reduction-fired lustre pottery and much of his work is related to the ceramic traditions that these collections represent.