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Cardew's Craft Circle

Michael Cardew wedding jug, 1936 Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie bowl Michael Cardew bowl

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie Exhibition

This new exhibition at the Long Room Gallery, home to the Winchcombe Archive Collection, focusses on the circle of creative people known to Michael Cardew in the 1920s and 1930s. Aside from a good representative display of the early slipwares of Cardew and his pre-war team, some on show to the public for the first time in 20+ years, this event will also take the opportunity to celebrate the work of Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie – known as Beano to her friends.

The last substantive Beano public exhibition was held some forty years ago in Bath, so this event will provide a unique opportunity for the lovers of good pots in general, and the Studio pioneers in particular to gain a comprehensive idea of her output and creativity. The 100+ exhibits from both Coleshill and Kilmington Manor will include rare examples by Norah Braden and Ada Mason, and will range from charming glaze test miniatures to magnificent show stoppers by Beano. The vast majority are drawn from private collections, many not seen by the public in 20 or 30 years or more, so this is a unique opportunity.

The exhibition, which also includes the contemporary block printed fabrics of Barron and Larcher of the 1930s with whose work Beano was frequently co-exhibited, opens to the public on Saturday 18th May 2019 from 9am to 5pm, then at the same times daily until Saturday 25th May inclusive. Thereafter, it will open from Thursday to Saturday inclusive (11am to 5pm) until Saturday 13th July, or by prior appointment on non-public days.

A new book of essays on the Cotswolds arts and crafts scene of the period by leading writers, Cardew’s Craft Circle, will be published on 18th May 2019, priced £25.

The images shown below, provided by exhibition curator John Edgeler, are of pots which will form part of the exhibition.


Contact: johnedgeler@gmail.com

Telephone: 01242 602319

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie - Sgraffito vase, Cole Pottery, 1927

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie - Bowl, 1930s

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie - Vase, 1930s

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie - Glaze trial pots

Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie - Glaze trial pots

Michael Cardew- Baking dish