Over the last few years I have visited a number of museums
armed with my digital camera. Studio pots by master potters
are very expensive these days so I have built up a library
of images some of which I will share with you here.
York Art Gallery
- Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) - July 2015
The York Art Gallery re-opens on August 1st 2015 after
a long closure for re-development. A new Centre of Ceramic
Art (CoCA) has been created to showcase the York Museum's
Trust's vast collection of studio pottery.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2010
Since my last visit back in 2004 the studio ceramics galleries
at the V and A have undergone a transformation. Gone are
the old wooden cabinets so typical of museums in the past,
in their place huge glass display cases show off the V and
A's important collection of pots to great effect.
Museum and Art Gallery
The Paisley Museum has an extensive collection of around
500 pots by some of the most important British potters of
the Twentieth century. A fraction of these are currently
exhibited in a set of themed display cases, e.g., masterpieces,
functional pots, sculptural pots. A more comprehensive display
is planned for the near future, showcasing individual artists.
and Albert Museum, London in 2004
The V and A have an extensive collection of studio pottery
built up over the years by enthusiastic curators. Some of
you will be familiar with Oliver Watson's book which catalogs
the pots. Not all are of course on show but there many pots
by famous potters such as Bernard Leach, William Staite-Murray
and Shoji Hamada are on display in traditional glass cabinets.
The Rev. Eric Milner-White left his collection of studio
pottery to York City Art Gallery when he died in 1963. The
collection is displayed in full in a small room in the gallery
and includes pots by Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, William
Staite-Murray, Michael Cardew, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie,
Norah Braden and Ladi Kwali.
As its name suggests, the Potteries Museum houses a huge
collection of pots made in the Potteries area of England.
The studio pottery collector Henry Bergen bequeathed his
pots to the museum and these are displayed together with
more recent studio work by potters such as Phil Rogers,
Mike Dodd and Richard Batterham. The museum has a wonderful
collection of Staffordshire slipware including some amazing
Thomas Toft chargers.
When I revisited the museum in April 2009, the Hemry Bergen
collection had been given new cases and much better lighting
and is now a truly wonderful experience. Please go and visit
it yourselves, there is no charge for admission but for
some reason the car parking charges in the area are very
Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall
Janet Leach's collection of Bernard and Shoji Hamada pots
is displayed in the cottage at the Leach Pottery. Also displayed
is work by potters who started their careers as students
at the Leach Pottery.