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Winchcombe Cider Jar, Circa 1926-1939. Stoneware with wood spigot. 14H x 7"Diam. Value $2,000. Gift of the artist.
Michael Cardew, b. 1901, Wimbledon, London, died in 1983. Cardew was an English studio potter who worked in West Africa for twenty years. Cardew was the first apprentice at the Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall, in 1923. In 1926 he left St Ives to restart the Greet Potteries at Winchcombe in Gloucestershire. With the help of former chief thrower Elijah Comfort and fourteen-year-old Sydney Tustin, he set about rebuilding the derelict pottery. Cardew aimed to make pottery in the seventeenth century English slipware tradition, functional and affordable by people with moderate incomes. After some experimentation, pottery was made with local clay and fired in a traditional bottle kiln. Charlie Tustin joined the team in 1935 followed in 1936 by Ray Finch, who bought the pottery from Cardew and worked there until he died in 2012. The pottery is now known as Winchcombe Pottery. Cardew married painter Mariel Russell and had three sons. In 1939, an inheritance enabled Cardew to fulfill his dream of living and working in Cornwall. He bought an Inn at Wenford Bridge, St Breward, and converted it to a studio, where he produced earthenware and stoneware. He built the first kiln at Wenford Bridge with the help of Michael Leach, Bernard Leach's son. It was fired only a few times before the outbreak of war, when blackout restrictions brought work to an end. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.