Wallace Martin received formal art training as a sculptor, but later worked at the Doulton Lambeth pottery, where he learned the essentials of making, decorating and firing stonewares. He was joined by his three younger brothers, two of whom had also been taught art and worked at Doultons, in the establishment of the first craftsman-led art pottery. The brothers undertook all aspects of the making, decorating and firing their work, anticipating the pattern of studio pottery working during the twentieth century.Almost certainly designed and made Wallace Martin, this vase is a fine example of the pottery's production. The soft underglaze colours and fine, mottled salt glaze; the asymmetrical form with its reference to European art nouveau; the incised grotesque 'Wally' birds (named after Wallace, their creator), are all representative of the Martin Brother's work.
Presented by Dr John Miller II and Dr Eleanor Miller (1998M19).