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Pin pot

Pin pot

  • Place of origin:

    Wendens Ambo (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arbeid, Dan, born 1928 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, hand-built, with thick pitted grey glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 15, shelf 2

Dan Arbeid is an important pioneer of post-war British ceramics. He explored handbuilding techniques and surface textures in a style that strongly opposed the East Asian forms and glazes used by Bernard Leach and his followers. In the 1960s Arbeid made daring new pots, experimenting with imaginative and inventive forms and extremes of texture. He later worked primarily as a teacher. Arbeid made this type of tall slim pot from slabs of clay, which he formed round a rolling pin and joined with a clearly visible seam.

Physical description

Tall, thin stoneware pot shaped by wrapping the clay around a rolling pin, with a thick pitted grey glaze.

Place of Origin

Wendens Ambo (made)


1968 (made)


Arbeid, Dan, born 1928 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, hand-built, with thick pitted grey glaze

Marks and inscriptions

'DA', impressed


Depth: 8.20 cm, Height: 33.30 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: see Circ.836-1968

Descriptive line

Handbuilt stoneware pot with grey pitted glaze, Dan Arbeid, 1968.

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




Studio Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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