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Bowl: C.14-2007

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Glassmaker: Alston, Margaret




Reddish-purple speckled pâte-de-verre, moulded. Circular with curved sides, and on the upper part of the exterior a border of curved lines and narrow diamond-shapes.


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 16 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB by whom exhibited at Collect at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.2 cm
Height: 7.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-03-05) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2006


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Margaret Alston studied Multi-Disciplinary Design at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London. She established her first studio in 1985 following her experimentation with glass techniques whilst a student. Over the past thirty years, she has developed considerable acclaim for her in-depth research into different approaches to the ancient Egyptian technique of pâte de verre. Alston crushes glass with a pestle and mortar and lines a special mould with selected glass granules before fusing the work in the kiln to create a series of delicate, translucent bowls. Margaret Alston: ‘I was always fascinated by glass. I enjoy the deliberate and controlled making process. Each piece is first made in clay, any surface decoration is modelled at this stage. The form is coated in refractory plaster creating a mould. I love the expressive nature of the material itself; its weight, strength and fragility, its ambiguities, the unique way it refracts light and the way it can evoke the quality of other materials such as semi-precious stones, fossils and even sand.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Materials used in production

ground up Glass

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Reddish-purple speckled pâte-de-verre, moulded

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-2007
Primary reference Number: 141821
Entry form number: 837
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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