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Offline chilternhills

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Unusually large Dartington Studio vase - design name please
« on: October 21, 2022, 12:03:57 PM »
I found this Dartington Studio vase the other day and it struck me as unusually large at 33.5 cm high and 15 cm maximum diameter. It has a lovely impressed Studio mark as well as an etched Dartington mark. I presume this was made at the Barbican Glassworks in Plymouth between 1997 and 2004 (or was it 2002?) and designed by Hilary Green and/or Simon Moore, but please correct me if I am wrong.

The pattern seems to be painted on, with white first (it's all white when you look inside) and the blue added on top, and then cased in clear glass.

I have seen a few pieces of Dartington Studio over the years, but some of the features of this vase are new to me: the painting and casing technique as well as the impressed Studio mark rather than an etched one.

I would appreciate any further information. I don't have a copy of 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson to hand at the moment, though it's in the museum library.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Unusually large Dartington Studio vase - design name please
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2022, 02:09:22 PM »
Dartington Studio was really a very short lived enterprise. It was a very brave idea to take inspiration from much older glass, and to use the same materials and methods as they did.
This design came out at the very beginning, along with Alchemy, and I think both were inspired by Monart, although I never found out the name of this particular pattern with the crizzling all marvered in.
After these two designs, they went on to emulating Venetian glass with gold foil, then finally, they made cranberry glass, using gold to create the colour. It finally broke them, proving too expensive to make.
I was following it from fairly close to the start, and the Stuart Visitor Centre in Crieff used to stock it. I had arranged with the staff there to tell me when new ranges were coming out as I was very impressed with it. And that is how I know of the demise, and why, of Dartington Studio.
I'm sorry, I can't help with a name.  :'(
There is nothing in Lesley Jackson. It was published before the Studio Range was started.

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Re: Unusually large Dartington Studio vase - design name please
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2022, 01:43:52 AM »
You could try and get in touch with any of the people named in Ivo's post here perhaps?,3614.msg28054.html#msg28054

Ivo's post says:
'according to their brochure it is "the result of a creative partnership between the company's senior designer Hilary Green, Devon-based glass artist John Ford and the team of glass blowers at the Barbican, Plymouth"'


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