- 1949-1996 (Creation)
Level of description
2 Cubic Feet
Content and Structure
Scope and content
The collection includes:
- Photographs, essays and notes made and taken by Holmes Gray while at the Glasgow School of Art, including correspondence between the GSA and Gray, 1949-1956
- Notes given to designers for technical guidance from Johnson, Matthey & Co. Ltd, 1954
- Recollections of Glasgow School of Art by Holmes Gray, 1996
- Photographs of pieces designed by Gray post-GSA for Spode, Royal Worcester and others; c1949-1996
- Correspondence with Stoke-on-Trent College, 1964-1986
- Correspondence re: training as a part-time teacher, 1977-1986
- Letter informing Holmes Gray of election as Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce [copy], 1987
- Letter from Commemorative Collector's Society re: address by Holmes Gray, 1997
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.
System of arrangement
The material is arranged in the order in which it was deposited.
Name of creator
Holmes Gray was born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1929 and grew up in Glasgow. He did his National Service in the Royal Navy where he was awarded a Royal Navy grant to attend drawing classes at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. On finishing his service he studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1949-1954, at diploma and post-diploma level. He studied under Johnny Miller in the first two years and then studied ceramics from 1951 under Johnny Crawford (ceramics was then part of the Sculpture Department, the Head of which was Benno Schotz). He was awarded the Haldane Travelling Scholarship in 1953-54. After leaving Glasgow School of Art he worked for Johnson, Matthey & Co Ltd, potters, Stoke-on-Trent, England, and other successful Stoke potters such as Spode and Royal Worcester.
Physical Description and Conditions of Use
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Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
No known copies.
Collection Historical Note
The material listed here represents written and photographic records of his work completed whilst at The Glasgow School of Art and after. Of particular interest to the School's history is the photograph of the clay model for the ceramic figure of a fireman, based on a drawing made at the time of a fire in the ceramics department in 1952, and the photographic negative of a sketch of the westend of the School, drawn and printed under the guidance of Gordon Huntly, by Holmes Gray and then transferred by the old stick-down method onto a plate. The plate was sold by D P Bliss, Director of the School of Art, and given to the School in 1953.
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Level of detail
- Fonds level description compiled by Adele Ashley-Smith, Archivist, 2000-2001.
- Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 17 September 2001.
- Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002.
- Fonds level description imported from the Archives Hub 24 August 2006.
- Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011
- Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, May 2014.
- Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.
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