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Iris Bowl: C.2-2002

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Iris Bowl


Gillies Jones Glass (Glassmakers)


Clear, very slightly greenish-blue glass, coated inside with opaque yellow glass, blown, sand-carved, and frosted on the exterior. Circular with bulbous sides curving inwards at the top, standing on a narrow, ground base. The yellow glass has been cut away to leave a circular disk in the centre with lines radiating from it. This pattern, combined with the sand-carving on the exterior produces the effect of grasses and weeds waving upwards. This is much enhanced by shining light through the bowl and viewing it from a low vantage point.


History note: Purchased by the donors from Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street, London, W1P 9FA

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38.5 cm
Height: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Pickering ⪼ North Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2002-01-21) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2001


Kate Jones and Stephen Gillies work together under the name Gillies-Jones Glass

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones both studied at Stourbridge College of Art, Gillies studying Glass Design and Jones, Fine Art. They established their joint studio in Yorkshire in 2005 to develop a range of contemporary glassware for everyday life. They draw inspiration from the patterns and histories of the North Yorkshire landscape that surrounds their studio and from their commitment to the demanding skill of hot glassmaking. In the past two decades, they have created a distinctive collection of batch-produced glass bowls that are exhibited and collected internationally as well as pushing their technical and creative limits through a range of larger free-form one-off bowls. This work was an early part of a series entitled Ubiquitous Bowls. Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones: ‘The bowl, the vessel form, has always been our form of choice. To free blow a symmetrical, thin walled bowl is one of the toughest disciplines within blown glass.’

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Blown : Clear, very slightly greenish-blue glass, coated inside with opaque yellow glass, blown, sand-carved, and frosted on the exterior

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rosedale
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Gillies Jones
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 2001/53
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-2002
Primary reference Number: 41104
Entry form number: 164
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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