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Something of a Relationship III: C.15A-C-2009

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Current Location: Courtyard


Something of a Relationship III


Glassmaker: Reekie, David




Kiln-formed blue, greenish-white, and bluish-black glass. Two male heads, one blue (A), and one greenish-white (B) with beaky noses, small round ears, and black eyes, each projecting from a bluish-black tall oval stand with narrow horizontal corrugations. Accompanied by a plywood template for aligning the two parts (C) so that the heads appear to be in conversation.


History note: The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, exhibited at 'Collect' at the Saatchi Gallery, London, May 2009 where purchased by the donors.

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Place(s) associated

  • Norwich ⪼ Norfolk ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009-07-13) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2009-02


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: David Reekie studied at Stourbridge College of Art between 1967 and 1970, at a time of great creative experiment under tutors such as the sculptor Harry Seager (b.1931). He established his first studio in Lincoln in 1975, and taught in the Glass department at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. In 1986, he moved to full-time glassmaking in a new studio in Norfolk. His brilliant satirical eye has resulted in a body of sculpture in glass that has been exhibited and collected all over the world with work represented in some twenty museum collections internationally. Over the past thirty years, Reekie has also lectured and given workshops at, amongst others, the Royal College of Art, London; Pilchuck Glass School in the USA; Tokyo Glass Institute; Sars-Poteries, France; the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and Art Glass Studios in Perth, Australia. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Wolverhampton University. All of David Reekie’s work explores different narratives of what it means to be human. David Reekie: ‘We live in a world that grows more complex and difficult to comprehend. It has tensions and temptations that pull us in different directions. This creates characters and situations that provide a constant source of material from which I take my ideas. This piece carries on the theme of relationships between people started with the series Different People and Envy of Others. With this piece the relationship is less confrontational and is more about the sympathy we can often find in a relationship no matter how tenuous!’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Components of the work

Template composed of plywood
B Greenish Head Depth 14.5 cm Height 38.1 cm Width 13.6 cm
A Blue Head Depth 15 cm Height 35.2 cm Width 12.6 cm
C Template Length 21.5 cm Width 9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L/H fig/Something of a Relationship III/David Reekie Feb 2009
  • Location: On base of A
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: R/H Fig/Something of a Relationship III/David Reekie Feb 2009
  • Location: On base of B
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15A-C-2009
Primary reference Number: 167424
Entry form number: 1026
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 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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