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Bowl: C.1-2005

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Current Location: Courtyard


Production: Cooper, Emmanuel




Porcelain, thrown, with yellow glaze, random gold spots, and metallic glazed rim which has dribbled downwards a little here and there; foot ring unglazed. Circular with deep sides rising from a narrow recessed base.


History note: The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT from which purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25.2 cm
Height: 10 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-01-31) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2004


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Emmanuel Cooper was an influential maker, writer and social activist whose career spanned over four decades. His study of Art at Bournemouth and Hornsey Colleges of Art was followed by a period working as an assistant to the potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935–2013) in her West London studio and in France, and also as assistant to Bryan Newman (b.1935). Once Cooper had established his first pottery in London in 1965, he began a twenty-year career producing finely made production pottery for restaurants throughout the capital. In 1970 he founded the influential magazine, Ceramic Review, for which he became lifelong editor and contributor. He was an active member and then fellow of what became the Craft Potters Association, which published the magazine. Cooper was a prolific author of nearly thirty books ranging from pottery history and techniques (for example, Glazes for the Studio Potter, 1978) to popular art (People’s Art: Working Class Art from 1750 to Present Day, 1991) and gay politics (The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality and Art in the Last 100 Years in the West, 1986). He was an art critic for the left-wing review Tribune from 1992 until 2011. His own exploration of ceramic form was rooted in function and utility but he extended this into a series of bowl and jug forms that resonate with colour, life and texture, drawing on his exceptional technical and social knowledge of the studio pottery movement in Britain. He wrote a series of monographs on leading figures in this field, including Lucie Rie (1902–95), Bernard Leach (1887–1979) and Walter Keeler (see 50 and 72). Emmanuel Cooper: ‘If the crafts are about anything they are about the way we, as individuals, with different skills, abilities and desires, can shape the way we live.’ A life history interview with Emmanuel Cooper is available at

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Rim composed of glaze ( metallic brown)

Materials used in production

yellow Glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, with yellow glaze, random gold spots, and metallic glazed rim which has dribbled downwards a little here and there; foot ring unglazed.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular seal with a script E in the centre

  • Text: script E
  • Location: In centre of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-2005
Primary reference Number: 118396
Entry form: 617
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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