Wild Moonjar no. 2 - Blue London Clay, Hampshire, 2019 | By Nina Salsotto Cass

Wild Moonjar no. 2 - Blue London Clay, Hampshire, 2019 | By Nina Salsotto Cass


Thrown at the wheel, fired to 1250°, unglazed

See material details below.

H. 15 x w. 14.5 cm


Material: London clay is the same clay that lies immediately underneath much of the city of London. It extends to Kent, Essex and Hampshire. The deposit was formed 50 million years ago in marine conditions and comprises kaolinite, illite, quartz and pyrite.In its raw form this clay is blue, brown or grey while at 1250° it vitrifies reaching a dark purple metallic sheen. It’s used commercially for bricks and tiles.

The clay was processed through a fine sieve, thrown at the wheel and the pot was left untrimmed as very brittle before firing.



About the Collection

The wild moonjar collection researches and searches a material essence. It comprises seven vessels, each made from earths foraged in South East England and is part of a larger documentation of the geology of the area.


The form, inspired by the traditional Korean moonjar, is purposefully simple and sober to allow the properties of the material to speak. All thrown at the wheel, the moonjars alter dependent on the clay body, its plasticity, grog and strength, with the goal of maintaining imperfections and abstracting the vessel as little as possible from its original earth.


The vessels are unglazed to both highlight clay as the primal quality of pottery and to maintain a sustainable approach. The clays are collected in small quantities, by hand, without producing any waste and fired just once, lessening energy consumption.



About the Maker

Nina Salsotto Cassina started the Unurgent Argilla project in 2019. She works exclusively at the wheel and mainly experiments with wild clays foraged by hand in small quantities. Self-taught, Nina is also currently a politics doctoral student at SOAS and applies her training in research and academia to ceramics.



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