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Vase - Fish vase

Fish vase

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hornsea (made)

  • Date:

    1959 (designed)
    1959 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mitchell, Ronald T. (designer)
    Hornsea Pottery Co. Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, cast and silk-screen printed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Clappison and the makers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 41, shelf 7

Physical description

White earthenware vase with vertical rectangular section, slightly convex sides, two protruding fish tails. The convex sides with recessed panels enclosing formalised, moulded fish, two tails protruding from one side. The convex surfaces decorated with a printed abstract pattern of criss-crossing lines in grey on turquoise-blue and turquoise-blue on grey.

Place of Origin

Hornsea (made)


1959 (designed)
1959 (made)


Mitchell, Ronald T. (designer)
Hornsea Pottery Co. Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, cast and silk-screen printed

Marks and inscriptions

Printed in black

A star
Printed in black


Height: 34.7 cm, Width: 25.2 cm including fish tails

Object history note

This vase is part of the gifts, consisting 44 objects, arranged privately by John Clappison, chief staff designer at Hornsea. The selection was made by John Mallet and Jennifer Opie, most of the ceramics then being housed in John Clappison's garage and cellar, the remainder under his care at the Pottery. In 1986 the Pottery was in some difficulties and Mr. Clappison was then alone in seeing the need to save these examples of the factory's production. The titles given are those used in-house by the factory.

Descriptive line

Fish vase, earthenware, cast with silk-screen printed decoration, designed by Ronald T. Mitchell, made by Hornsea Pottery Co. Ltd., England, 1959.

Production Note

Attribution note: Not put into production, prototype only.


Earthenware; Glaze


Cast; Screen printed


Ceramics; Earthenware

Production Type



Ceramics Collection

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