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Clear Glass Form: C.9-2003

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Clear Glass Form


Sato, Naoko (Glassmaker)


Extremely bubbly glass, cast, and kiln formed by heat. Formed as a vertical pleated tube which has been manipulated into an irregular roughly rectangular shape, wider at one end than the other, and sloping inwards at the wider end.


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.5 cm
Length: 30 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

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30 cm21.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003-07-14) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1999


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Naoko Sato studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. She established her own studio in London in 2000 with the aid of a Crafts Council setting-up grant followed by a Woo Charitable Foundation Bursary in 2001. Sato specialises in techniques of casting and kiln working glass to create forms that suggest fluid movement. Naoko Sato: ‘I have always been interested in the way clothes find their shape on the human body. I love watching a woman with a pleated skirt walking by creating a wonderful movement. I tried to express this interest in the medium of glass by casting then stretching the cast piece in the kiln a second or third time.’

This form is inspired by the movement of women's pleated skirts

School or Style

Contemporary Craft

Materials used in production

extremely bubbly colourless Glass

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Extremely bubbly glass, cast, and kiln formed by heat
Kiln forming

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-2003
Primary reference Number: 94597
Entry form: 186
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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