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Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - Ray Finch 80th Anniversary

Ray Finch bowl Ray Finch plate Ray Finch plate


To mark the 80th anniversary of Ray Finch joining Winchcombe Pottery in 1936, John Edgeler organised three exhibitions running alongside each other - a selling exhibition of Ray Finch and Michael Cardew slipware, a display of wonderful old Ray Finch pots from the Winchcombe Archive Collection and a selling exhibition of Joe Finch pots. A series of weekly events with talks by Henry Sandon, Oliver Watson and Joe Finch accompanied the exhibitions. I attended them all and was very impressed by the speakers, the pots and the refreshments supplied.

The opening event on May 7th featured Henry Sandon who discussed traditional slipware and its influences on Ray Finch's work and also held court at an Antiques Roadshow type event where he discussed pots brought in by attendees who all had teh chance to have a go at slip traillng. A Crank's stype buffet served on Winchcombe Pottery tableware was very well received by visitors, the rhubarb cake was especially memorable!

At the second event on May 14th, Ray's son Joe Finch gave a couple of talks. First he recited a talk originally given by Ray at a potter's camp in 1991 and then talked about his career and influences using examples from his exhibition pots.

On May 21st Oliver Watson gave a very intriguing talk on the early development of Studio Pottery in the UK. It was a great pleasure to meet Oliver, like many enthusiasts I was familiar with his books but not the man himself.

To learn more about these events and the Winchcome Archive Collection, please visit www.winchcombearchivecollection.wordpress.com, it the meantime here are a few images from the Henry Sandon day.

Cranks' style buffet
Henry Sandon giving his talk on early slipware and Ray Finch
High tea, Henry waiting to tuck in!
Henry with a Ray Finch slipware bowl
Henry with pots brought by visitors
Have a go at slip trailing