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Pitcher - Pillow Vase

Pillow Vase

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Woodman, Betty (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with slip decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 20

Betty Woodman's signature 'Pillow Pitchers' were inspired by Etruscan pots seen on her travels in Italy, and are often painted with colourful slips and glazes. Woodman was a member of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the late 1970s and 1980s. These artists reacted against the austerity of Minimalism, drawing inspiration from folk art and traditional crafts.

Physical description

Terracotta jug with a pillow-shaped body, decorated with white and brown slips.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1982 (made)


Woodman, Betty (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with slip decoration


Height: 34.8 cm, Depth: 40.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Pillow Vase', earthenware pitcher with slip decoration, by Betty Woodman, USA, 1982


Earthenware; Slip




Ceramics; Earthenware; Studio Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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