Claudia Clare

Claudia Clare is a potter, writer and feminist activist. In her artistic practice, she uses ceramics to tell stories which relate to contemporary social issues, such as feminism and nationalism. Clare made the series of ceramics in our collection as a tribute to her old friend Rachel’s wedding to a Kosovan woman, Igo, during the Kosovo War (1989-99). It is celebration of female and lesbian emancipation, during a time of extreme suffering, violence and oppression. One of the plates depicts Rachel and Igo, while the other is dedicated to Igo’s mother. The central bowl is a patch-work of patterns from all over Europe to represent the diverse group of guests at the women’s ‘Wedding Feast’.