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Tall Bottle: C.6-2004

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Tall Bottle


Malone, Jim (Potter)


Red-brown stoneware, thrown, with impressed decoration under dark brown and semi-opaque white gazes. Tall ovoid form with a short cylindrical neck curving outwards at the top into a flat, circular rim. The upper two-thirds of the body is scattered with impressed groups of three oval depressions with a 'tadpole' shape in the centre of each. nThe majority of the vase is covered with semi-opaque white glaze, and the lower area with a raku-like brown glaze.


History note: Galerie Besson, 15 Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London, W1X 3HB, where purchased on 13 February 2004 by the donrs.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 51.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lessonhall ⪼ Cumbria ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2004-04-26) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1998 : dated


Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Jim Malone trained as a teacher in North Wales and taught in secondary schools for three years before studying Ceramics at Camberwell in 1972. On graduation, he spent a year working with Ray Finch (1914–2012) at Winchcombe Pottery and then established his first studio in North Wales, before moving to Cumbria where he still lives and works. Malone’s influences are South East Asian, thirteenth-century Chinese and sixteenthcentury Korean wares, and he works mainly in stoneware with incised or brushed decoration. His work can be best understood within the influential tradition of twentieth-century British studio ceramics spearheaded by Bernard Leach (1887–1979) and his Japanese contemporaries such as Shoji Hamada (1894–1978). Malone has been a highly respected maker within this tradition, and his works are held in many public collections. He exhibits regularly at solo and group exhibitions, and Manchester Metropolitan University has published a slide set with commentary and a video by Alex McErlain entitled Jim Malone: Artist-Potter. Jim Malone: ‘Shoji Hamada said there were two kinds of pot. The first he compared to hothouse plants, the second to a tree growing on the mountainside. In his own work he aspired to the latter; I have endeavoured to do likewise.’

School or Style

Contemporary Craft Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Base Diameter 13 cm

Materials used in production

except for the base Glaze Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red-brown stoneware, thrown, with impressed decoration under dark brown, and semi-opaque white gazes

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: JM in a square outline

  • Text: JM
  • Location: On side of vase near to the edge of the base
  • Method of creation: Impressed in square seal
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: A underlined in a square outline

  • Text: A underlined
  • Location: On side of vase near to the edge of the base
  • Method of creation: Impressed in square seal
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: oval white label printed with a pale brown oval with GALERIE/BESSON in reserved letters

  • Location: Stuck onto the base
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-2004
Primary reference Number: 98864
Entry form: 603
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 August 2021 Last processed: Monday 9 August 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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