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The Glasgow School of Art houses an impressive collection of ceramics ranging from teaching aids such as 13th century Persian pottery fragments to student work from the 20th century. A range of materials and techniques are found within the collection. Earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain are all present in the collection.

The majority of ceramics are glazed and range from simple, monochrome glazes to decorative, polychrome glazes. Some even have lustre glaze such as Ann Macbeth’s two china tea services. Many glazed ceramics also feature colourful hand-painted designs and figures. Several ceramics, such as plates and store jars, feature decorative transfer designs. Robert Stewwart's kitchen store jars exemplify this decorative technique. The application of gold leaf is visible in a small number of 13th to 16th century pottery fragments that are glazed, hand-painted, and gilded.

While not every ceramic is attributed to a specific creator, a large number of them are attributed to past Glasgow School of Art students and staff such as Ann Macbeth, Robert Stewart, and Robert Sinclair Thomson, all of whom have several pieces in the collection. Several ceramics in the collection were bought in by the Glasgow School of Art to be used as teaching aids. Students could learn more about particular materials, glazes, or forms by studying these particular ceramics and maybe even draw some inspiration for their own work. Ceramics made by past Glasgow School of Art students and staff comprises the majority of the collection. Many of these were gifted the School, or were purchased for the collection. These objects range from the very beginning to the very end of the 20th century.

Related Publications: Scottish Pottery Historical Reviews, Nos. 1-26 (1976-2015), The Scottish Pottery Society; Manners, Errol. The Ceramics Source Book, (Collins and Brown, 1990); De Waal, Edmund. Ceramics, (London: New Holland, 1999).

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Art, Design and Architecture collection

  • NMC
  • Collection
  • 13th century to early 21st century

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.Items include; oil paintings; silk screen prints; lithograph prints; prints; photographs; sketches; sketch books; drawings; watercolours; collage...

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Blue rabbit with stand

Blue glazed ceramic rabbit with black glazed eyes with red marking on bottom of rabbit, "SCH-83". Includes wooden stand painted black with four small feet, shaped for rabbit to sit. Bottom of stand has red marking "SCH-83B". Du...

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Ceramic pot

Round pot with a biege glaze and areas of grey. Hand-painted red and gold designs. Rounded top with beige glaze is broken and very fragile. A red glazed rectangular piece is attached to one side with hand-painted white designs.

Calderwood, John

Ceramic sarcophagus cast

Hollow sarcophagus cast with relief pattern of animals and figures. Dark yellow glaze over exterior. White, unglazed interior. '14-103' handwritten in black on bottom right corner.

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Ceramic tile

This item was damaged in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. It was assessed by a conservator but no conservation work was deemed possible. Figure on horseback, facing left.

Ceramic tile

This item was damaged in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. It was assessed by a conservator but no conservation work was deemed possible. Figure on horseback, facing right.

China tea service

Part set of painted china tea service. Green/yellow lustre glaze over painted flower pattern on white china blanks. Lustreware is a type of pottery or porcelain (china) with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence due to the metallic...

Macbeth, Ann

China tea service

Part set of painted china tea service. Orange lustre-glaze over flower paintings on white china blanks. Lustreware is a type of pottery or porcelain (china) with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence due to the metallic oxides in t...

Macbeth, Ann

Chinese Emperor ceramic figure

Cream coloured glazed ceramic Chinese figure in court dress. Some damage (repaired) to neck and missing hands. Old paper label with no. 629/20 and 'Sch 76' in red paint inside figure suggest that it was part of the School's handling...

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Collection of 31 pottery fragments

Group of 31 glazed and gilded pottery fragments from Persia/Egypt/Syria. Includes imagery of ornamental designs, figures, animals, and Arabic/Cufic lettering. May have been collected and given to the school by William Matthew Flinders Petrie in th...

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Collection of 6 ceramic fragments

Ceramic fragments, possibly Persian. Includes 6 fragments:1) (NMC/0916A) Polychrome (blue, purple, brown) glazed ceramic tile fragment with hand-painted floral design. Relief of an animal, possibly a goat or ram, on top part. Relief of a plant or ...

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Decorative plate

Ceramic blank with handpainted gold decorative band. Enamel is wearing off which could be due to poor firing or could have not been fired at all. Signed "June Wilson 161, 1st year, (Patent applied for)" verso.

Wilson, June

Egg cup with wide base

Glazed ceramic egg cup with wide base. Turquoise glaze on inside and brown glaze on outside of egg cup. Brown and black glaze on base with band of tan, raised balls of clay. Engraved marking on bottom - "ST" (creator's initials) and...

Thomson, Robert Sinclair

Kitchen store jar - currants

This item suffered significant damage in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. It was salvaged and has undergone conservation and consolidation work. Round white storage jar with lid. Tan, green, and bl...

Stewart, Robert

Kitchen store jar - flour

Round kitchen store jar with a white bottom complete with yellow, black, and grey transfer designs. Top half is gold. Labelled 'FLOUR' in black towards the center. Lid is white with some gold. Has 2 relief bands of gold circles.

Stewart, Robert

Large beige vase

Large beige glazed vase. About half of the body, the bottom, and a band around the neck are tan.  Neck is long and has an uneven, almost oval shape. 'NMC 606' handwritten on bottom. 'Stewart' - artist's signature - is incs...

Stewart, Fergus

Large blue ornamental vase with lid

Large and wide white ornamental vase with light and dark blue hand-painted floral patterns. Hand-painted bands of designs along the mouth and the bottom. Has a lid with several hand-painted bands of light and dark blue patterns. '18-24' ...

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Large bowl with brown underglaze

Large bowl with blue and black hand-painted, floral pattern on inside and brown underglaze. Green and brown glaze cover the outside of the bowl. Signed 'Sinclair' on the bottom along with the marking 'ST' (creator's initia...

Thomson, Robert Sinclair

Large red vase

Large red glazed ceramic vase with red marking on bottom "GSA 581". Due to information in a 1958 inventory, vase can be dated pre-1958. It may be a student piece or could have been bought and used as a teaching aid.

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Large wavy bowl

Gray ceramic wavy bowl with incised circular designs. Possible engraved initials "AT" (artist's variant name is Anne J Taylor) and date "24/8/80" engraved on bottom.

Pickard, Baajie

Lugged pot

This item was badly damaged in the fire in The Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 23rd May 2014. This was assessed by a conservator but no conservation work was deemed possible. Brown glazed ceramic lugged pot with two small knobs...

Gilmour, Judith

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Folder containing colour and black and white negatives of photographs taken by George Oliver. Some annotated. Includes: cars, a model Midland Bluebird bus in colour, Joan Eardley and a ceramic studio.

Oliver, George

Open necked blue vase

Open necked blue glazed ceramic vase with hand-painted white decorative patterns. Bottom of vase has engraved marking "ST" (creator's initials) and another engraved marking of a circle with an X through it (maker's mark).

Thomson, Robert Sinclair

Open, lugged ginger jar

Ginger jar without a lid. Handpainted green leaves around the mouth and a yellow design around the body. Two small handles on either side. Signed "AMcB" on the bottom. Ginger jars were initially used to store and transport spices and hav...

Macbeth, Ann

Planter with stand

Large unglazed ceramic planter with opague glazed decorative relief on the front and a black/brown glazed top. 7 small holes in the bottom. Short, unglazed ceramic stand. The body is narrower and darker in colour. These ceramics were in the librar...

Leckie, Alexander

Pot with lid

Pot: Yellow lustre glaze on white blank. Lustre glaze covers body of pot. Handpainted green and brown band of flowers around the rim of the pot with a brown handle. 'W    Gep.L.Ashworth Bros. Ltd Hanley England 1917' stamped on the botto...

Macbeth, Ann

Robert Burns decorative plate

Large decorative ceramic plate with brown transfer of Robert Burns in a landscape. Text above him reads, 'I Think I'm Feeling Better'. Brown decorative transfer pattern around the edges of the plate. 'Bill Brown, Glasgow 1996, ...

Brown, William

Sculpture

Large clay piece of abstract design suggesting a musician playing a classical guitar. Inscription on reverse reads, "Glasgow 7.10.90 V.Tsivin L.B."

Tsivin, Vladimir

Shallow bowl

Shallow bowl with green/yellow lustre glaze. Hand-painted band of green leaves and blue buds around the mouth. 'Macintyre & Burslem England' stamp on bottom.

Macbeth, Ann

Shallow bowl with small handles

Ceramic bowl with small handles. Dark brown glaze on the outside and turquoise glaze on the inside with a circular pattern. Engraved marking on bottom - "ST" (creator's initials) and another marking of a circle with an X over it (ma...

Thomson, Robert Sinclair

Small vase with green swirls

Small glazed ceramic vase with green swirls pattern. Simple green band around the mouth. Engraved marking on bottom - "ST" (creator's initials) and another marking of a circle with an X over it (maker's mark).

Thomson, Robert Sinclair

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