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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

Phoebe Stabler

Born: UK   Died: 1955   Active: 1911-1955

Sculptor, ceramicist and designer. Née McLeish, wife of Harold Stabler (1872-1945). A noted figure modeller from an artistic Liverpool family, her father worked in metal and her sister was the textile and ceramic designer Minnie McCleish. In 1906 she married the metalwork designer Harold Stabler (1873-1945) who was head of the department of Arts and Crafts at the John Cass Institute, London (1907-1937). The Stablers were a very successful design partnership who enjoyed working together. Whenever they could, they spent days out drawing at the zoo or studying older pieces in museums. After 1912 they had their own kiln in Hammersmith, where Phoebe Stabler produced garden ornaments and a series of figure models mainly of women and children colourfully but simply glazed. They were made in press-moulded stoneware, a technique inspired by historical precedents: the Chinese Tang figures which first became known in the early twentieth century and Greek Tanagra figures. According to her own account they had many problems with the firings until the moulds were taken over by Carter Stabler and Adams (Poole Pottery) where her husband was a director. Some of the designs were later sold to Doultons, Ashstead and Worcester for larger scale production. They also designed architectural ceramics, most notably a whole series of War Memorials of which the largest is the Durban War Memorial for which Phoebe modelled the ceramic figures. Their work was widely reviewed in The Studio, The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art and The Pottery and Glass Trade Review

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Buster Boy C487 Ceramics

Buster Boy C488 Ceramics

Buster Girl C489 Ceramics

Sleep C484 Ceramics

Sleep C485 Ceramics

The Bath Towel C482 Ceramics

The Bath Towel C483 Ceramics

The Bull C507 Ceramics

The Lavender Woman C480 Ceramics

The Lavender Woman C481 Ceramics

The Lavender Woman C486 Ceramics