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2006/81/1 Vessel, 'Something in blue', slab-built stoneware, made by Ken Eastman, England, 2000. Click to enlarge.

Vessel, ‘Something in blue’, by Ken Eastman, England

Made by Eastman, Ken in Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe, 2000.

Born in 1960 in Herefordshire, England, Ken Eastman is today one of Britain’s most respected ceramic artists. A graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art (1983) and the Royal College of Art in London (1987), he became interested in ceramics about 1979. He started regularly exhibiting his objects in 1991. Eastman is represented in collections in Britain and continental Europe, USA, Korea, Japan and Australia (Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria). A recipient of many awards, in 2001 he was awarded gol...


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Object Statement

Vessel, 'Something in blue', slab-built stoneware, made by Ken Eastman, England, 2000

Physical Description

A tall sculptural vessel hand-built from irregular stoneware slabs joined seamlessly at sides to form a pot like form. While the vessel can be viewed from any angle, it has two distinctively different main sides. One side is modelled as an organic abstract form (resembling two massive legs joined together and shown from the thigh to knee level), and one geometrical with four stepping bands, tapering from the top to the bottom. The contrast is emphasised by two different colours applied to each side - one is painted in sky-blue and one (with stepping bands) has a thin coat of unevenly applied white-wash which reveals the warmer hue of white stoneware. The interior is finished in white-wash and the flat, unpainted base bears Eastman's signature painted in black.


Artist's signature painted in black along the rim of the base, "Ken Eastman"



665 mm


395 mm


300 mm



This pot was hand-built from white stoneware slabs by Ken Eastman in his new studio in Hamnish, Herefordshire, in 2000. It is painted with numerous layers of coloured slips and oxides and fired several times to 1180c degrees celsius. Eastman was beginning to work with clay in a softer state at that time and the shapes of his vessels were becoming more organic and fluid.



This work was made in the year of Eastman's first solo exhibition with the newly founded Barrett-Marsden Gallery in London. It was exhibited in Chicago in September 2000 alongside a piece titled 'Claerwen Series I'. It was brought to Australia in about 2004 for an exhibition at the Ceramic Art Gallery in Paddington, Sydney. Following the closure of the gallery in 2005 it was donated by the artist to the Powerhouse Museum.


Credit Line

Gift of Ken Eastman, 2006

Acquisition Date

8 June 2006

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Vessel, 'Something in blue', by Ken Eastman, England 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <>


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