Influencer: Leah Jensen’s ‘The Annunciation’ ceramic pot

Words by
Flora Drummond-Smith
Photography by
Mitch Payne

20th March 2017

Inspired by a work of the same name by Leonardo da Vinci, the ceramicist’s beautifully intricate honeycomb-patterned pot will be on show at London Craft Week


Ceramicist Leah Jensen replicates the hidden geometry of Renaissance paintings in her work, charting the relationship between mathematics and art. To achieve this, she uses a pattern-mapping technique whereby the structure of the painting is revealed through pinning each angle onto the pot's surface.

This pot takes its name and geometric structure — which dictates the form of Jensen's intricate honeycomb patterning — from Leonardo da Vinci's The Annunciation. Precise and clean-lined, the pot is finished to deliberately echo machine-made quality (an aesthetic she has named anti-digital) and forms part of Jensen's first solo exhibition with The New Craftsmen, which will take place during London Craft Week (3-7 May).