Angel in the House
10" x 6.5" x 5"
ABOUT THE WORK
Angel in the House is made of stoneware paper clay, a lace doily dipped in clay slip then wrapped around the hand built figure before firing, and screws. It has a Velvet under glaze and cobblestone glaze surface treatment and sits on a wood block plinth.
The phrase “Angel in the House” comes from the title of a popular poem by Coventry Patmore, in which he holds up his angel-wife as a model for all women. His wife did not leave the home and was not permitted to work or engage in the public sphere. It's an ode to women of previous generations. I'm a big fan of Virginia Woolf who famously said, “Killing the Angel in the House was part of the occupation of a woman writer.” She believed the Angel "is the phantom that represses her and attempts to force out imagination and creativity."
Now through December 25th, 10% of each of my sales will go to Wings for Success, a non-profit in Chester County helping women be independent. Read more here about this dedicated organization: