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Vase: C.5-2006

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Cooper, Emmanuel




Earthenware with blackened surface and turquoise-blue volcanic glaze. Oval with straight sides


History note: Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London from which purchased by the donors

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 21 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-01-30) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Production date: AD 2005


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Emmanuel Cooper always fired his work in an electric kiln, a method less commonly associated with experimental glaze work in ceramics owing to its more neutral and even heat source, compared to, say, a wood-fired or gas kiln. However, Cooper’s study of the chemistry and artistry of glazed surface is legendary. He wrote four best-selling books on the subject and created a mature body of work in which layers of slip, glaze and oxides are worked through several firings to create rich, animated ‘volcanic’ surfaces, as seen in this work. A life history interview with Emmanuel Cooper is available at

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Exterior composed of slip ( black) glaze ( turquoise, 'volcanic')

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Earthenware with blackened surface and turquoise-blue volcanic glaze

Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-2006
Primary reference Number: 126057
Entry form number: 805
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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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