Michael Cardew & Winchcombe Pottery 1926-1939



Book Synopsis

Compiled with the benefit of direct access to contemporary manuscript sources of the period, including Cardew’s original Winchcombe kiln firing records, order books and diaries and the complimentary records of Sid Tustin, this title is the most comprehensive record yet published of the revival and day to day workings of Winchcombe Pottery in the inter-war years. Alongside a comprehensive selection of available archive photographs and newly commissioned drawings of the workshop and overall Pottery site, the reader is provided with a full catalogue raisonne of Cardew’s crucial early development as an artist in clay during arguably the most nationally successful phase of his long career as a potter. ISBN: 0-97809550315-8-8

Size, Specifications and Contents:

  • Softback, 21 x 21 cms
  • 120 pages in full colour with over 100 new studio quality illustrations and 60+ archive images
  • £27.50 plus £3.50 postage and packing

The Man

Cardew’s background and core personal influences

The Pottery

A historical snapshot of the early days at Winchcombe in the 1920s, including the materials and equipment used, an analysis of who did what, and the wide range of forms produced. Includes detailed drawings of the interior and exterior layout of the Pottery and site compiled with the benefit of contemporary archive photographs and manuscripts together with new interview material.

Form and Aesthetics

An overview of decorative motifs and techniques together with the standard forms of Elijah Comfort and Sid Tustin.

The Catalogue

Part One (1925-1930): Early and domestic wares

St Ives Period; First Firings; West Country forms; New Handworkers’ Gallery; Domestic basins and bowls; Guntsfield, Ditchling, Sussex; Decorated flatwares; Tea and coffee pots

Part Two (1930-1939): Exhibition show and commissioned wares

Signature forms; Exhibition wares; Hatched double sgraffito; A move to Monochrome; Working with the devil; Footed bowls


1 Cardew’s customers : 2 A small miscellany : 3 Glaze recipes and kiln innovations : 4 Workshop and makers seals This title was published in late 2014 in conjunction with the establishment of the Winchcombe Archive Collection at Long Room Gallery in Winchcombe, and the first foundation exhibition held there in autumn 2014


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