Ceramike - Background Information

Michael Cardew and Winchcombe Pottery 1926 to 1939

Michael Cardew river pattern charger Michael Cardew bowl Eddie Hopkins bread crock

Elijah Comfort pots on the cheese bench
Pots originally sold from the New Handworkers' Gallery in London
Raku tea set made by Ray Finch and decorated by Cardew
On the shelves, dishes from the late 1920s alongside pewter plates
Elijah Comfort oval dishes
John Edgeler with Henry Sandon getting ready for his talk

The Long Room, Winchcombe - Nov 22nd to Dec 20th 2014

Michael Cardew and Winchcombe Pottery 1926-1939

Michael Cardew and Winchcombe Pottery 1926-1939

Henry Sandon being introduced by John Edgeler
Henry Sandon with a West Country jug
Henry Sandon with a Cardew jug from Winchcombe
John Edgeler the deer decoration on a Cardew bowl
Steve Tustin with one of his grandfather Sid's jugs
Dolly teasets made by Sid Tustin for his daughters

I visited the exhibition on the day that Henry Sandon was to give his Desert Island Discs talk and as I live close to Henry I had the pleasure of being his chauffeur for the day and what a great day out it turned out to be.

The Long Room Gallery which is in the middle of Winchcombe, has recently been very tastefully renovated. Its lime washed walls and cotswold school furniture provide the perfect setting for the slipware pots in the exhibition. The images shown above are just a taster or what is included in the exhibition. As well as a wonderful range of pots, Michael Cardew's early kiln logs can be seen and there are many fascinating contemporary photographs and letters to be viewed.

If you cannot visit the exhibition, I suggest you contact John Edgeler via the Cotswolds Living website and obtain a copy of the book that accompanies the exhibition. As well as providing a wealth of information, the book contains wonderful images of slipware pots.

I would like to record my thanks to John for his hard work in developing the valuable Winchcombe Pottery archive and to the Tustin family for welcoming me into their home for a hearty lunchtime meal.