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Pyramid Form: C.99-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pyramid Form


Glassmaker: Reid, Colin




Clear, lost-wax cast glass, with white inclusions, the base partly coloured Prussian blue. The upper part of the pyramid is smooth and regular; the lower edge of each side is irregularly wavy; and the underside is deeply and irregularly concave. When the pyramid is the right way up, it appears as if the viewer is looking at clouds over a bluish mountainous landscape within the pyramid.


History note: Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London, W1P 9FA

Legal notes

Given by of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm
Width: 24.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-12-05) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1997


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Colin Reid studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London followed by a two-year industrial apprenticeship as a scientific glassblower. He subsequently graduated from Stourbridge College of Art in 1981 and established his now internationally recognised independent glass studio in Gloucestershire. His mastery of the techniques of kiln-casting and polishing glass leads to forms that command attention through the play of optical illusion and intriguing reflections. Reid has always encouraged apprenticeships and has trained many studio assistants who work alongside him. Thanks to his tutelage, many of his students have gone on to enjoy successful independent careers. These include other glassmakers represented in the Goodison collection: Sally Fawkes (48), Angela Jarman (79) and Bruno Romanelli (18). In 2014, Reid was winner of the prestigious Coburg Glass Prize Alexander Tutsek Award and in the same year was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition with accompanying catalogue, Casting Brilliance, at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. Colin Reid: ‘When the piece comes out of the kiln, that is only the start of the making process. Pieces evolve and change at this stage as I respond to the cast form and begin the cold working processes. Chance plays its part. The tension between the planned and the controlled is always there: the quality I am after is elusive, but I know it when I see it.’ A life history interview with Colin Reid is available at

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
studio glass

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Clear, lost-wax cast glass, with white inclusions, the base partly coloured Prussian blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Colin Reid 1997 R796
  • Location: Down one ridge, near the bottom
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: dealer's rectangular sticky label, inscribed in black biro, removed on accession

  • Text: 2470=/CRO15
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black biro
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.99-1997
Primary reference Number: 27258
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 29 September 2023

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

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