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PASSIONATE POTTERS: FROM DE MORGAN TO LEACH Julian Richards Monday 07 October 2019

In the middle of the 19th century there was a revolt, led by William Morris, against what were seen as the soul-less products of the machine age. Passionate potters took up the challenge.

The first of the four we will be exploring is William de Morgan, a friend and colleague of Morris, who set out to re-discover the secrets of lustre pottery from the Near East.  

A little later the Martin brothers, four eccentric and inventive potters, unleashed their wild imagination on an unsuspecting public.

Sir Edmund Elton the ‘potter baronet’ is the third of our self-taught makers, and we end in the 20th century with Bernard Leach, the father of British ‘studio’ pottery and an enduring inspiration to the potters of today.

From clay and fire, mixed with a genuine passion, all produced some extraordinary pots.

Julian Richards studied archaeology at Reading University and has since worked as a professional archaeologist, in commercial archaeology, for English Heritage, for the BBC and as an independent.