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Jar: C.14-2005

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 12 (Adeane)


Maker: Bayer, Svend




Stoneware, thrown and coiled, wood-fired with natural ash glaze appearing speckled beige through grey to very dark brown on one side, and trickling down the sides. The pot is of a bulbous ovoid form standing on a flat, narrow base. It has a short neck with an incurved sloping rim.


History note: Purchased from Svend Bayer by the donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr John Shakeshaft through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 62 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Beaworthy ⪼ Devon ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-11-21) by Shakeshaft, John, Dr


Elizabeth II
21st Century, Early
Production date: AD 2005


In a letter dated 6 December 2005, Svend Bayer described the firing of the pot. 'The pot was fired in a large wood-fired kiln for 5 days to about 1340 C. It was placed at the back of the main stoking area and would have been repeatedly covered in embers for much of that time. The "glaze" is the result of ash from the fire and embers settling on the pot and melting at high temperature. The pot started the firing upright bjt the weight of embers forced it to lean backwards against the kiln step behind it (hence the indentation near its base). the very dark colours are from the intense reduction atmosphere caused by the ember bed. The pot went into the kiln with no applied glaze. Thus the firing process not only hardened the pot, it also decorated it in a kind of controlled accident.'

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, glazed, and wood-fired

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-2005
Primary reference Number: 125047
Entry form: 801
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 19 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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