figure of a cow

figure of a cow


Two-part press-moulded figure of a cow, on flat shaped rectangular base, with head lowered and turned to the right and tail sweeping round right hind quarters. Cream coloured earthenware body sponged with blue-grey underglaze oxide and patches of manganese brown to sides, neck and rear, colours bleeding into glaze to give mottled streaky effect. Deep green base with large firecrack across centre.

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Shape Shapes are often defined by their function: a teapot must have a handle and a spout. But by breaking away from the usual conventions designers and makers can reveal new possibilities, create new forms and make us think again. They can transform the teapot into a pineapple, or a simple, curvaceous, abstract shape. Through time, makers have used their imagination, their ingenuity and even their sense of humour to transform ordinary and everyday objects into appealing shapes inspired by our surroundings. Some shapes are designed to reflect their use, others are made as a novelty or decorative item: cows for a cream jug, giraffes for a mantelpiece. Many are created out of a desire to experiment, to see what can be done with different materials. This display brings together a menagerie of shapes showing the possibilities available to the maker.

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figure of a cow

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Bequeathed by Thomas Tylston Greg


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