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Vessel: C.25-1983

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Owen, Elspeth




Hand-built clay, coloured with cobalt and vanadium and fired in salt producing a buff, greenish-grey, and pink veined and mottled surface. Bulbous, contracting towards the irregular rim.


History note: Purchased from the exhibition held at Kettles Yard, 8-22 May 1983, Thirty-Seven Potters return to Kettles Yard, Together with Strange Delights gathered by Henry Rothschild in Europe and Overseas, no. 280.

Legal notes

Purchased with the J. R. V. Smyth Fund and a grant from the Eastern Arts Association

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
Width: 10.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Grantchester ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1983-06-13) by Rothschild, Henry, Associates Ltd


20th Century, Late#
Production date: circa AD 1983


Elspeth Owen (b.1938), came to ceramics after a BA in modern history at Oxford and engagement with the Women’s Movement in the 1970s. She lives in Grantchester, near Cambridge. Elspeth produces pinched pots, each from a single ball of clay, which are then finished with subtly coloured slips, burnished, fired (sometimes with smoke) and polished.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Colouring composed of cobalt vanadium

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hand-building : Hand-built clay, coloured with cobalt and vanadium and fired in salt producing a buff, greenish-grey, and pink veined and mottled surface.
Firing (heating)

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-1983
Primary reference Number: 73649
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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