The vessels forms that Henry PimĀ  made early in his careerĀ  had a post-modern quality, in keeping with the time. Based on ancient pot forms, this work was part of a new wave of ceramic practice that sought to move away from a strict adherence to function, and to offer a riposte to the rather serious-minded craft pottery movement. Inventive playfulness was more important than tradition, and at the same time this kind of work emphasised the idea that so-called ‘traditional’ craft was often quite spurious and sentimental.

The influences for this came from America, and from the Memphis design movement in Italy.