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White Noise III: C.5-2002

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


White Noise III


Production: Smith, Martin




Yellowish-buff earthenare, press-moulded, machine-polished and decorated with turquoise pigment and platinum leaf

Yellowish-buff earthenware, press-moulded, machine-polished to produce an extremely smooth surface, and decorated with turquoise underglaze pigment and platinum leaf. The interior is of rounded oval plan. On one side the walls slope towards the centre and have eight vertical undulations. The top of the sides slopes inwards all round for about 4 cm. The base is undecorated except for an inlaid oval line of pale beige clay (?) circles stuck on at intervals raise the base slightly from the ground. The outside is undecorated. The base of the interior is coloured turquoise all over. The interior walls and the sloping rim are covered in platinum leaf, and the outlines of the leaves are clearly visible.


History note: Barrett Marsden Gallery, 17-18 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DN, from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Height: 20 cm
Length: 43 cm
Width: 40.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2002-04-22) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century
Production date: AD 2001


Martin Smith (b.1950) trained at Bristol Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art (RCA). He has lectured in ceramics at Loughborough, Camberwell and Brighton Colleges of Art and was Professor and Head of Ceramics & Glass at the RCA from 1999-2015. His work is found in many public collections. His work explores architectural form, geometric shapes and the material qualities of ground and polished ceramic surfaces. Recent projects have extended to furniture and gallery design, notably for the Anthony Shaw ceramic collection at Yortk Art Gallery.

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Martin Smith studied at Bristol Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London, establishing his first studio in Suffolk in 1974, followed by a move to London in 1979. His research into the potential of Japanese raku, whilst a student at the Royal College, began his long-standing exploration of the formal language of the vessel, underpinned by a minimal vocabulary of basic geometric solids and the material qualities of ground and polished ceramic surfaces. He has had a significant career as both artist and educator, exhibiting internationally and working as Head of Ceramics first at Camberwell College of Arts and then at the Royal College of Art, London. He is currently Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Material at the Royal College of Art. Architectural form and perspective have been a constant backdrop to Smith’s work and this has taken a new direction in recent years with designs for furniture and, in 2015, the design for the galleries that house the Anthony Shaw collection at York Art Gallery, Centre of Ceramic Art. ‘Martin Smith shows how powerfully seductive simplicity can be.’ - John Pawson, architect.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze (material) ( turquoise) platinum leaf
Bottom Of Interior

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Yellowish-buff earthenware, press-moulded, machine-polished to produce an extremely smooth surface, and decorated with turquoise underglaze pigment and platinum leaf

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-2002
Primary reference Number: 47106
Entry form number: 168
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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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