pair of vases

Josiah Wedgwood, 1780 - 1836

pair of vases

Josiah Wedgwood 1780 - 1836


Public: Pair of vases, stoneware, black basalt with engine-turned vertical ribbing and wide rims. Private: Tapered oviform vase on splayed turned foot, with wide neck and wide everted rim. Engine-turned decoration on body of vertical ribs, plain neck and rim.

Display Label

Clay Clay is an ancient, universal material. Dug out of the ground, it is basic stuff, formed by the elements, earth, water, air and fire. Its use is one of the oldest human artforms. Clay responds to the touch of your hand, it can be pushed and pulled, squeezed and pinched. Clay has no natural form of its own, and can be shaped into almost anything. It is tactile, inviting, immediate and intimate. When soft, it is marked by the slightest touch, yet once fired, it becomes fixed and permanent. A clay pot will survive for thousands of years, bearing the thumbprint of the potter who made it. Some makers are drawn by clay's physical appeal, its sensuous and tactile qualities. For others it is simply a means to an end, an incredibly diverse and expressive medium with the potential to do almost anything.

Object Name

pair of vases

Creators Name

Josiah Wedgwood

Date Created

c 1902


vase 2: 14.4cm
vase 1: 14.5cm
vase 1 - base:
vase 1 - mouth:
vase 2 - base:
vase 2 - mouth:

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