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Two Tall Forms: C.12A & B-2005

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Current Location: In storage


Two Tall Forms


Glassmaker: Henshaw, Clare




Two tall cylindrical forms of uneven height, of blown and layered clear and white glass formed by the Swedish 'graal' technique to produce vertical white stripes within the glass.


History note: The Crafts Council, 44a Pentonville Road, London, where purchased by the donors

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Clifford ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2005-11-21) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Elizabeth I
21st Century, Early
Production date: AD 2005 : dated


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Clare Henshaw studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, London. Her early studio works were characterized by strongly coloured vessels, their surfaces engraved with bold narrative imagery. These launched her career with several awards following in swift succession: Dudley Crystal Award, 1988; Designers Guild Award, 1989; Borax Glass Prize, 1991; and Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Award, 1992. In 1994, however, Henshaw moved to the far north of Sweden to live and work which catalysed a significant shift in her work, resulting in the creation of a series of subtle, abstract glass vessels that reflected the Northern light, landscape and culture of her new home. She returned to the UK in 2002 and continued to exhibit widely, receiving further awards including an Arts Council Award for the Arts in 2005 and a Wingate Scholarship in 2006. Clare Henshaw: `The extraordinary light phenomenon in Sweden, pristine nature and long Arctic winters, shaped my visual sense. It is the starting point for my presently emerging work. This new work reflects on my experience of a place which is covered in a blanket of snow for six months of the year, a place where the silence is penetrating.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Both Parts composed of glass ( clear and white)
A Base Diameter 10.5 cm
B Base Diameter 10 cm
A Aperture At Top Diameter 3.3 cm
B Aperture At Top Diameter 3.4 cm
A Top Diameter 6.5 cm
B Top Diameter 7 cm
B Height 53 cm
A Height 56.4 cm
Both Forms

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Clare Henshaw 2005
  • Location: On side of both pieces near the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.12A & B-2005
Primary reference Number: 125049
Entry form: 647
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 29 September 2023

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

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