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Trial piece

Trial piece

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hobson, Diana (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Diana Hobson

  • Museum number:


  • 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

Circular shallow pâte-de-verre dish with charcoal and crimson concentric rings.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1980 (made)


Hobson, Diana (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Mould 23/ 6. 24% lead. Washed in nitric (enamels). Fired 800 quickly without care(?). 10B FLAT', in ink
on label adhered to interior


Height: 1.5 cm, Diameter: 8.5 cm

Descriptive line

Trial piece, circular shallow pâte-de-verre dish with charcoal and crimson concentric rings, made by 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Diana Hobson, 'Pâte-de-verre: Research into the Techniques', unpublished thesis, 1981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.






Ceramics Collection

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