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Pot: C.104-1997

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Koch, Gabriele




Hand-built T-Material and porcelain clay (probably), slip-coated, burnished, saw-dust fired, waxed, and polished. The bulbous pot stands on a narrow base. It has a very slight shoulder line, and the top cuves inwards and upwards to a narrow oval mouth. The lower part is mainly black, and the top, and part of the lower area is dappled pinkish-cream


History note: Purchased by the donors from the Hart Gallery

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 43 cm
Height: 34.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1996


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Gabriele Koch studied History and Political Science at the University of Heidelberg followed by a two-year Diploma in Art and Design specialising in ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London. Since establishing her studio in London in 1982 with the aid of a Crafts Council setting-up grant, she has developed a series of distinctive spherical clay vessels. Koch has always been drawn to low-tech, traditional ceramic techniques, partly using recycled materials, such as sawdust for firing, as a way of placing her work in opposition to the often destructive processes of mass manufacturing. The direct approach is also a way of retaining creative control over the materials, forms and processes that sit at the heart of her work. ‘Earth, water, air and fire. Gabriele Koch’s lovely pots speak of all four of those elements as vividly as any I know.’ Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist Gabriele Koch: ‘I concentrate on simple forms, trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip

Materials used in production

Porcelain clay

Techniques used in production

Hand-built : Hand-built T-Material, coloured with black and pinkish-cream slips, burnished, saw-dust fired, waxed and polished
Firing (heating)
Burnishing (polishing)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper sticky label

  • Text: 11838/5£1000
  • Location: Removed on accession
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper sticky label

  • Text: 5
  • Location: Removed on accession
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.104-1997
Primary reference Number: 81882
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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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