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Trial piece

Trial piece

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hobson, Diana (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pâte-de-verre

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Diana Hobson

  • Museum number:

    C.39-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Diana Hobson (born 1943) trained at the Royal College of Art (MA, Metals, 1973-76) and taught at Camberwell School of Arts between 1979-87. She now lives in California. She has travelled, taught and exhibited widely and won awards for her work which features in the permanent collections of a number of museums internationally.

During the 1970s Diana became interested in reviving the almost forgotten technique of pâte-de-verre which had been developed in France by Henri Cros (1840-1907) at the end of the nineteenth century. She produced fine semi-translucent vessels of press-moulded crushed glass fired at 700°C. The Museum has several examples of her finished work. Her presentation to the V&A of her experimental pieces in 2003-04 has furnished the Collection with an invaluable technical context and insight into the artist's methods.

Physical description

White pâte-de-verre convex leaf-shaped experimental piece with two raised ribs and coloured stripes.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1980 (made)

Artist/maker

Hobson, Diana (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pâte-de-verre

Dimensions

Height: 8.7 cm, Width: 7.2 cm maximum, Depth: 2.5 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Trial piece, white pâte-de-verre convex leaf-shaped experimental piece with two raised ribs and coloured stripes, Diana Hobson, 1980

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Diana Hobson, 'Pâte-de-verre: Research into the Techniques', unpublished thesis, 1981
Diana Hobson, 'Breaking the Mould', Crafts Magazine Sept/Oct 1983, no.64

Production Note

One of three trial pieces made for the artist's original research into pâte-de-verre techniques which resulted in her 1981 thesis.

Materials

Pâte-de-verre

Categories

Glass

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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