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Four cubes - Graphic Permutations

Graphic Permutations

  • Object:

    Four cubes

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barton, Glenys (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bone china, slip-cast, with silk-screened decoration

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.277 to C-1973

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 17, shelf 1 []

Glenys Barton is one of a remarkable group of women ceramicists who emerged from the Royal College of Art in London during the 1970s. The group includes Jill Crowley, Alison Britton, Jacqui Poncelet, Carol McNicoll and Elizabeth Fritsch. Barton is the most purely sculptural of any in this group, and was among the first potters of her generation to be solely represented by a 'fine art' gallery. These cubes, which were made in sets of four, were exhibited in the International Ceramics exhibition in 1972 at the V&A, and were awarded a Diploma of Merit by the International Jury. They are cast in bone china (porcelain with added bone ash) and are ground to the required degree of accuracy after the biscuit (initial) firing.

Physical description

Decoration: each cube with a different geometrical pattern in black and yello

Place of Origin

London (made)


1971 (made)


Barton, Glenys (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bone china, slip-cast, with silk-screened decoration


Depth: 5.30 cm, Height: 5.30 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: the potter, London

RF number: 73/1369

Descriptive line


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

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery : the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection , Oxford : Phaidon, Christie's, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990
Breward Christopher and Wood, Ghislaine. British design from 1948:Innovation in the Modern Age . London, V&A publishing, 2012. p146. ISBN 978 1 851776740


Bone china


Studio Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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