British Studio Pottery

I managed to catch the exhibition Things of Beauty Growing at the Yale Center for British Art before it travels to the Fitzwilliam in March. It’s an exploration of the twentieth-century tradition of studio pottery, beginning with the appreciation of William Staite Murray, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie and Bernard Leach for Chinese, Japanese and Korean porcelain and stoneware. There’s a tea set designed, but not, I assume, made by Roger Fry (V&A) and a breakfast set – very beautiful – by Lucie Rie from the Crafts Study Centre. The generation from the 1970s are described as a fragmentary group, an odd term for a group, including Alison Britton, Carol McNicoll and Jacqueline Poncelet, who I think of as a cohesive group – friends and allies, art-school trained and supported by Victor Margrie’s Crafts Council in exploring new forms of pottery as fine art. The work looks good in the cool and recently renovated spaces of Louis Kahn. There’s a very fine Phil Eglin jug, which fits oddly uncomfortably, as does Grayson Perry, with this tradition. No photography, except the work of Clare Twomey in the Entrance Court:-


4 thoughts on “British Studio Pottery

  1. Pam Roberts says:

    Sounds excellent so will try to see at the Fitzwilliam next year. Love ceramics. Lucie Rie’s studio in Albion Mews is a stone’s throw from where we are currently living in St George’s Fields. Bought a few bits & pieces by Trevor Corser from Bernard Leach’s studio, in a sale in Penzance June 2016.

  2. Its failure to recognise Ceramics is one of the few serious failures of the Royal Academy. We have had a succession of wonderful Ceramicists ever since Lucie Rie, culminating in Edmund De Waal. The Academy / Academicians do need to honour them.

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