Deeply interested in Zulu ceramics and domestic, matriarchal ritual, yet trained in an Anglo-Oriental and modernist mode at the University of Natal, Armstrong produced an exquisite body of folded, tucked and puckered vessels, all in brilliant bone china, that, when exhibited at The Tatham Art Gallery in 2014 after the artist's death, attracted high praise. The present lot, with its seemingly fragile structure, its familiar, basic function, and its delicate, knobbled texture, formed part of this celebrated group.
Purchased directly from the artist.
Brendan Bell and Bryony Clark (eds) (2014) For Juliet: Ceramic Sculptor 1950 to 2012, Pietermaritzburg: The Tatham Art Gallery. Similar examples are illustrated in colour on pages 38 and 115.