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Ridged Vessel (2014)

Claire Malet

recycled steel, 23ct red gold leaf, copper leaf

Manchester Art Gallery

© Anthony Evans Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery





Steel, Gold leaf, Copper


35 x 28 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society's 2013 New Story of Craft Scheme with support from the Friends of Manchester City Galleries, 2014

Ownership history:

Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society from its New Story of Craft Scheme (2010-2014), with support from the Friends of Manchester City Galleries, 2013; presented to Manchester Art Gallery, 2014


Manchester Art Gallery
Claire Malet’s work is inspired by the rich textures, colours and shapes of natural forms and landscapes surrounding her studio in rural Herefordshire. Using non-precious and precious metals, she also draws inspiration directly from the natural qualities and characteristics of metal, enhancing the material’s complex surface textures and colour ranges. Her steel pieces explore the idea of transformation and perceived value. Malet is particularly inspired by vessel forms, both organic and man-made, as one of the most basic and universal objects used in daily life, playing vital roles at occasions of celebration and honour. She often employs tools designed for other purposes or uses traditional metalworking tools in new ways; for example cutting metal with a blowtorch, scratching into gold leaf or frazzling it with a torch. Her pieces that cross boundaries between fine and decorative art are exhibited and collected in the UK and internationally.

Ridged Vessel is part of an innovative body of work entitled Winter Sketch, a series of non-functional vessels characterised by lacy forms and striking colour. Specifically made for Manchester Art Gallery, Ridged Vessel is worked from an old steel oil can which is ‘transformed’ into a ‘precious’ vessel. The exterior surface is raised by repeated hammering and annealing. The interior is covered with oxidised gold and copper leaf, bringing out fiery, autumnal colours. Manchester City Galleries have a designated metalwork collection. The purchase of Ridged Vessel helps to keep the collection dynamic and strengthens the representation of women working in contemporary craft.

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