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Blue Ceremonial (oval bowl): C.3-2000

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Blue Ceremonial (oval bowl)


Potter: Trim, Judy




Coiled earthenware, slip-coated, burnished, and decorated in iridescent-blue, dark grey and platinum lustre with a geometrical pattern; reverse unglazed with numerous striations

Very pale buff coiled earthenware, the upper surface smoothed, coated with a white, burnished slip, decorated in iridescent-blue, dark grey, and platinum lustre, and fired twenty times or more. The reverse is unglazed, and has numerous striations radiating from the base and three or four concentric circles of lines round the rim. Oval, with a wide slightly everted rim, and deep sloping sides, standing on a narrow oval base. In the centre there is an oval blue frame enclosing a six-sided figure chequered in blue and platinum surrounded by various geometrical shapes in dark grey and platinum. This is surrounded by a dark grey crenellated border. The sides have a blue ground decorated with forty-eight 'arrows' each composed of four separate chevrons of graduated size, the smallest nearest to the centre. The rim is divided into twelve panels filled with different geometrical motifs in all three colours.


History note: Purchased from the potter in 1996

Legal notes

Given by Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.5 cm
Length: 62.4 cm
Width: 54.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-03-06) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Circa 1989 CE - 1990 CE


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Judy Trim: ‘The imagery was inspired by Egyptian burial-chamber rituals, for a body of work resulting in a major installation of some forty pieces called Processions in Clay at Anatol Orient Gallery, London in 1986. This was a later work.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Glaze composed of lustre
Foot Length 5.2 cm Width 3.5 cm
Upper Surface

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JT
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-2000
Primary reference Number: 28374
Entry form number: 122
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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