Don Jones who was perhaps the last
link back to the 1950s at Winchcombe Pottery has recently passed
away. Don was taken on by Ray Finch in 1950 and was part of the
pottery team until 1971 when he left because Ray had gone to work
at the Kolonyama Potteryin Lesotho. Don thought Ray was going
to be like Michael Cardew and leave Winchcombe to work in Africa.
I met Don on a number occasions, Winchcome born
and bred, he was old school, a real salt of the earth. I first
met him when like me, he attended a Toff Milway kiln opening weekend
at Conderton Pottery. We hit it off and Don invited me visit him
at home. He once told me of when Ladi Kwali, the great Nigerian
potter, gave a demonstration at Winchcombe where she made two
large water pots. Don was so impressed that he asked Ray Finch
for an advance on his wages so that he could buy one of the pots.