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Jug - Big White Jug

Big White Jug

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1987 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Britton, Alison OBE, born 1948 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, handbuilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Alison Britton's expressive surfaces relate to modern painting, but her work is also deeply informed by ceramic history. This jug is decorated in classical blue and white, and its twisted handle is inspired by traditional 'crabstock' handles. Jugs are normally functional objects, but here the unexpectedly inverted spout defies use, provoking us to question our assumptions about craft and function.

Physical description

Handbuilt jug with painted decoration in blue on a cream slip.


1987 (made)


Britton, Alison OBE, born 1948 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, handbuilt

Marks and inscriptions

'Alison Britton '87', incised


Width: 37.7 cm maximum; with handle, measured from object, Height: 36.2 cm measured from object, Depth: 28.6 cm maximum; measured from object

Object history note

Acquisition details: CAA (solo exhibition, 1987)

RF number: 87/1746

Descriptive line

Handbuilt earthenware jug with blue and white decoration, Alison Britton, 1987.

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

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery. Oxford: Phaidon; Christie's Limited; in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1990. p 85. ISBN 0 7 148 8067 1
Adamson, Glenn and Pavitt, Jane. Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970- 1990 London: V&A publishing, 2011 pp, ill 85, 86, 87, 113,161,167 . ISBN 978 1 85177 6597




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