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
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.