President’s Symposium, May 2023
The subject of our 2023 Symposium is
Devon’s Ceramic Heritage
Hosted by our 2022-23 President, Professor John Mather, it was held on Saturday 13 May 2023 at Petroc College, Tiverton.
A ceramics industry, based on local high-quality clay deposits, has existed in Devon since the Iron Age. During the 17th century a cottage industry produced hand-made pots for local use and for the new American colonies. Towards the end of the 19th century Devon became known for its art pottery, sold in elegant London stores. However, by 1920, easy access to mass-produced products saw the demise of most of these traditional potteries. Handmade pottery was left in the hands of studio potters – artist/craftsmen working individually or in small teams – some of the best of whom made Devon their home. Speakers at the symposium will explore this ceramic history, with a final look at what the future may hold.
We had to make a late change due to the indisposition of Lewis Bond. Fred Nichols kindly offered to step in with a lecture on puzzle jugs, as shown below.
|9:30 – 10.00am||REGISTRATION and COFFEE|
|10:00 – 10:05am||Welcome and introduction||Sue Andrew, DA Chair|
|10:05 – 10:45am||The fiery journey from Devon Clay to ceramic art or functional pot||John Mather, DA President|
|10:45 – 11:20am||North Devon Sgraffito-ware: pottery shapes, their distinctive decoration and trade with the North American Colonies||Sadie Green, Independent Ceramic Researcher|
|11:20 – 11:50am||BREAK|
|11:50 – 12:25pm||The Art Potters of Barnstaple||Alison Mills, Manager, Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon|
|12:25 – 1pm||Puzzle jugs: the story in Devon||Fred Nichols, Ceramics collector and researcher, Topsham|
|1 – 2.15pm||LUNCH|
|2:15 – 2:50pm||Devon and the Studio Pottery Movement||Sally Ayres, Assistant Curator, RAMM Exeter|
|2:50 – 3:25pm||Tim Andrews – 45 years in clay||Tim Andrews, Honorary President, West Country Potter’s Association|
|3:25 – 4pm||Historic influences, current trends, future prospects||Rupert Johnstone, RAMP Ceramics, Silverton|
|4pm||TEA and DEPART|