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Cup from a tea set: C.22.2-2002

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Cup from a tea set


Potter: Stair, Julian




Greyish-buff dry-bodied stoneware cup.

Greyish-buff dry-bodied stoneware, thrown. Circular with deep sides, and throwing marks on the interior, standing on a disk base. In a set with a teapot and cover (C.22.1 & A-2001) cup (C.22.3-2002) and a ground (tray, C.22.4-2002).


History note: Purchased by the donors from Egg, 36 Kinnerton Street, London, SW1X 9ES.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2002-11-25) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 2002


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Julian Stair is a potter and writer based in London. He studied Ceramics at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. In 2002, he completed a doctorate in the history of critical writing in the field of studio ceramics at the Royal College of Art and is currently principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster. His work is characterized by simple vessel forms that explore the ritual and domestic uses of clay vessels through time with particular reference to the English studio pottery movement of the last century. He exhibits, and is collected, internationally and in 2004 was awarded the World Crafts Council European Lifetime Achievement award. Stair now principally works to commission creating site-specific installations that push the boundaries of scale and context of his chosen medium. A touring show, Quietus – commissioned by and shown at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in 2012, subsequently touring to National Museum Wales, Winchester Cathedral and Somerset House – was the culmination of a ten-year project reflecting on the containment of the human body after death, and included monumental sarcophagi, cinerary jars and moving images. ‘Julian Stair creates an imaginative and intellectual fusion of the diverse histories of pottery: that of use and that of beauty. His works echo the domestic with austere pared-down elegance and simplicity.’ Marina Vaizey, art critic and author. A life history interview with Julian Stair is available at

School or Style

Contemporary Craft
Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Rim Diameter 7.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Greyish-buff dry-bodied stoneware, thrown.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JS
  • Location: In centre of base
  • Method of creation: In square seal
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: circular white label

  • Text: 16
  • Method of creation: In biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white label

  • Text: 16
  • Method of creation: Felt-tip or gel ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22.2-2002
Primary reference Number: 82293
Entry form number: 178
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 29 September 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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