Vera Fine Porcelain Cup

$45.00 $60.00

Size

Vera is beautifully paper-thin and a dream to drink out of. Available in three sizes and as a set, Vera is best suited to colder liquids but can hold warm liquids well - just be careful of hot fingers!

With a glazed and unglazed finish outside and glazed on the inside, Vera is a delight for the senses.

The Julie Smeros by Markian range features an interpretation of the motif that sees the scallop being morphed and elongated. A playful take with a gradated building of arches makes for visual interest, the alternating clay and clay glazes make for a subtle but bold take on the Vieira inspiration.

 

About the Collaboration

Julie Smeros is an Australian artist living and working in Brisbane.

With training in both photography and ceramics, Smeros works principally with clay. Interested in the experience of the first generation Greek Australian, Smeros’ vessel forms invite the known or learnt memory with evocations of the ancient vessel.

Materials & Care

Porcelain and clay glaze.

Use a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as a soft-bristled brush or a dishcloth to wash. Use mild soaps and detergents. Don’t freeze. Keep it out of the oven and away from direct flame. Avoid really hot water.

Dimensions

Vera Small: 250ml
Vera Medium: 400ml
Vera Large: 500ml

Namesake

“Success isn't about the end result; it's about what you learn along the way.” - Vera Wang

Vera Wang is an American fashion designer.

She was born June 27, 1949 in New York City to Chinese parents who emigrated to the United States in the mid-1940s. Her mother, Florence Wu (Wu Chifang), worked as a translator for the United Nations, while her father, Cheng Ching Wang (Wang Chengqing), a graduate of Yanjing University and MIT, owned a medicine company.

From the age of six, Wang started figure skating and while she was in high school competed in the United States Figure Skating Championship in 1968. In the same year, Sports Illustrated featured Vera Wang in their Faces in the Crowd issue. When Wang failed to become a part of the US Olympics team, she diverted her attention towards the fashion industry. Wang continues to enjoy skating, saying, "Skating is multidimensional."

Wang attended Friends Seminary, graduated from Chapin School in 1967, attended the University of Paris, and earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College.

Wang cites her mother as her earliest fashion inspiration and later spending her college summers working at the Yves Saint Laurent store in her home city. After graduating college Wang was hired at Vogue as a rover but quickly worked her way up the ladder, becoming one of the magazine’s youngest ever fashion editors.

After being turned down for the editor-in-chief position, Wang left Vogue and, in 1987, joined Ralph Lauren. Two years and 18 accessory lines later, while planning her wedding, Wang decided to embark on dress design with her image of a modern woman in mind. In 1990, Wang opened her own boutique on Madison Avenue, carrying both eveningwear and bridal gowns, which would then expand to include jewellery, eyewear, shows and homeware in the years to come.

Alongside bridal gowns, Wang has also designed for figure skaters including Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, and Nathan Chen. Wang was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009 for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer. 

In 2005, Wang was awarded the Council of Fashion Designer of America Womenswear designer of the year award. A year later, she received the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Wang also ranked 34th in Forbes' list of America's Richest Self-Made Women in 2018, as her revenues reached $630 million that year.