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Gathering Places - Grammar of Ornament – India i: C.10 & A-2018

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Gathering Places - Grammar of Ornament – India i


Maker: Priest, Frances




Moulded ceramic bowl, carved and decorated with hand drawn patterns, matt glazes and enamel decals in orange-red, amber and blue. On square, orange plinth.

Hemispherical bowl with carved rim, decorated with line, colour and enamel decals on the inside, suggesting rounded elements fused together. The surface shapes are matt orange-red, matt dark blue with a shiny dark blue centre, and natural ceramic colour circles and rounded petals of shiny amber. The rounded underside of the bowl sits in a concave indentation in the top of a low, square plinth, which is coloured all over in matt orange.


History note: Bought from Craft Scotland, 15 Coburg St, Leith, Edinburgh, on 8 March 2018, by donors

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Width: 22 cm
Width: 9.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Edinburgh ⪼ Scotland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2018-07-09) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


First quarter of 21st century
Circa 2016 CE - 2017 CE


Frances Priest (b.1976) studied ceramics in Edinburgh and set up her studio there in 1999. Her early work included slip-cast bone-china geometric forms incised with dark lines, superseded by dynamic paired slab-built forms (see C.3A & B-2004).

This piece is typical of her more recent oeuvre, which explores languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history, and is part of a series which takes its name from Owen Jones’ book ‘The Grammar of Ornament’, 1856. Priest draws on the saturated colours of buildings she saw on her own travels in South West India and Jones’ Indian Ornament motifs to create playful form and surface. She uses clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces of inlaid line, glaze colour and enamel decals. The decoration sits on top of the off-white clay vessel, whilst creating an illusion of individual coloured clay elements fused together.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels glazes
Vessel Height 10 cm
Plinth Height 2 cm

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Techniques used in production

Moulded : Moulded ceramic bowl, carved and decorated with hand drawn patterns, matt glazes and enamel decals in orange-red, amber and blue. On square, orange plinth.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.10 & A-2018
Primary reference Number: 223222
Entry form number: 1357
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Created: Tuesday 24 July 2018 Updated: Tuesday 18 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 18 January 2022

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

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