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Well, Well, Well: M.6-2008

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Well, Well, Well


Maker: Poston, David




Recycled painted tin (Tate & Lyle Black Treacle and Golden Syrup tins) welded over a wooden core, finished with ‘A Glaze’ automotive polymer. The colours are red, black and gold


History note: Exhibited at Origin, held at Somerset House, London, week 1, 7-12 October 2008, where purchased from David Poston by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 15.5 cm
Diameter: 16 cm
Height: 9 cm
Weight: 370 gm

Place(s) associated

  • Flixton ⪼ Suffolk ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2008-11-24) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2008


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: David Poston studied Jewellery at Hornsey College of Art. He established an independent studio in 1970, creating work across a range of materials whilst also working as a documentary photographer in the field of music, creating images of bands as varied as Fairport Convention and the Rolling Stones. In 1984, he used his creative and technical skills in new contexts, working in international development in rural Africa for clients including the World Bank, Oxfam and the UN. Following a period of teaching at Loughborough University, he returned to full-time practice in 2000 and was (2015–16) the subject of a major UK touring show of jewellery, titled Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories which was shown at The Fitzwilliam Museum in summer 2015. David Poston: ‘The form of the bangle makes reference to a beautiful red-brick ziggurat that is, or possibly now post-war was, in Iraq. The painted tin sheath was welded over a wooden core that I had carved as a single piece. However, in order to be able to weld the seams which pass very close to one another the carved core had to be cut in two so that each end could be sheathed. The wooden halves were then rejoined and the remaining central part sheathed, hiding the join.’ A life history interview with David Poston is available at

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Surface composed of steel ( Tate & Lyle Black Treacle and Golden syrup tins) A Glaze automotive polymer
Core composed of wood

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-2008
Primary reference Number: 166431
Entry form number: 1002
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 6 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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