This summer Court Barn Museum will become “Potty about Pots” with an exhibition on Winchcombe Pottery:Britain’s most famous craft pottery

Thursday 4 July – Sunday 22 September 2013

“Winchcombe ranks alongside Bernard Leach’s St Ives as one of Britain’s pioneer studio potteries. Michael Cardew’s outstanding work from 1926 and the tradition developed by Ray Finch after him, have earned it a leading place in ceramic history” Ron Wheeler Winchcombe Pottery, The Cardew-Finch Tradition (1998)
Winchcombe Pottery, set up by Michael Cardew, has been producing useful domestic wares for over eighty years. It has always been a team effort overseen by Cardew, then Ray Finch and now Mike Finch; many potters from Britain and elsewhere have gained valuable practical experience working there.
After the Second World War a new generation of potters were searching for places to learn their craft. Winchcombe not only offered the technical skills required, but a place where one could work in a team and also learn the basics including digging, washing and kneading the clay to make it more usable. In a short space of time Winchcombe had grown from a little known local pottery into a national one, part of the post war craft scene.

Many potters who have trained at Winchcombe set up their own studios. In Gloucestershire Toff Milway runs Conderton Pottery and Neil Alcock, Vineyard Pottery.

Further afield, Esias Bosch, a South African who worked at Winchcombe during 1951-2, established his own pottery in Transvaal in 1961. He was the first studio potter in South Africa and is known as the ‘doyen of ceramics’ in South Africa, with a career spanning sixty years.

This exhibition looks at the legacy of Winchcombe pottery. It continues to be a place for potters to learn their trade and with the new teaching workshop and studio space opening this summer a new generation of potters can be inspired.

One-on-one: An informal talk by Toff Milway and visiting American potter Dan Finnegan on the pottery.
Sat 27 July 11.30 Court Barn Museum

Lecture by Ron Wheeler: “Winchcombe a prominent and influential pottery”
Sat 10 August 5.45pm, Court Barn Museum

Pottery demonstration by Neil Alcock, Vineyard Pottery
Friday 23 August 11am onwards, Court Barn Museum.


How to find us
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE

Telephone 01386 841951

Admission charges
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free

Opening times
April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.

The Museum tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.

Source: Court Barn Museum Chipping Campden