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Esker Vessel: C.257-2015

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)

Titles

Esker Vessel

Maker(s)

Potter: Flynn, Sara

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Description

White porcelain, thrown and altered, spray glazed and polished.

Short vessel with teardrop-shaped opening at the top. The thrown vessel has been squeezed to form a sharp spine from the point of the teardrop to the base. Spray glazed inside and out to give a bronze-like surface. The underside is flat and unglazed.

Notes

History note: Erskine, Hall & Coe, 15 Royal Arcade, Old Bond Street, London, from whom bought on 23 January 2015 by Nicholas and Judith Goodison

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 11 cm
Height: 14 cm
Width: 15.5 cm

Relative size of this object

15.5 cm14 cm11 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-07-13) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith

Dating

Early 21st Century
Elizabeth I
Production date: circa AD 2013

Note

Sara Flynn (b.1971) attended Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland. Since then she has worked exclusively in porcelain since. Her vessels are thrown and then altered – by pushing pulling or cutting - at various stages of the drying process, then finished with spray glazes and polishing. She concentrates on one-off vessels which are sculptural and decorative rather than functional, produced as a result of experimentation with process and finish, form and volume. Much of her experimental work never reaches the final fired- finish stage.

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Sara Flynn studied Ceramic Design at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork beginning her study of porcelain in her final year at college. She established her first studio in 2000 and her current studio in West Cork in 2006. She has been the recipient of a number of Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Awards and, in 2010, was the winner of a major award from Ceramics Ireland. Flynn works exclusively with porcelain, experimenting with throwing simple forms which are then altered at varying stages of the drying process to create subtle variations on the theme of the vessel. Esker is a term which refers to the striking ridged landforms found in parts of Ireland, created through fluvio-glacial deposits of sand and gravel. Sara Flynn: ‘My major preoccupations are a love of the processes of throwing, the material and the form of the vessel both as sculpture and symbolic form.’

‘Esker’ is a geological term for a long, winding ridge.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze ( bronze-brown)

Materials used in production

white Porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing
Altering

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small square potter's mark

  • Text: CSF0114
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: SF 0114
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Small rectangular paper label handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.257-2015
Primary reference Number: 206891
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 3 November 2015 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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