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Ray Finch Craftsman Potter of the Modern Age: A Collection of Essays and Contributions Paperback – 3 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cotswolds Living Publications (3 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955031516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955031519
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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It is profusely illustrated throughout with previously unpublished archive material from the Finch family album and newly commissioned studio quality photographs of pieces made by him throughout his time at Winchcombe Pottery. Ray Finch was taught primarily by Michael Cardew, who trained with Bernard Leach, the best known English Studio Potter of the 20th Century. His Pottery at Winchcombe has a worldwide reputation along side St. Ives in Cornwall as a training institution for young potters. Unlike Leach or Cardew, Finch has virtually no published writings to his name, so the interviews with him contained in this new title give a unique insight on a great potter. This book will appeal equally to practising potters, collectors, dealers and lovers of hand craftsmanship.

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This is a comprehensive and fascinating read, beautifully illustrated with Finch's beautiful functional pottery from all aspects of his work. There are fascinating interviews with the potter where Ray talks about his career, interests and influences. The author is something of an expert in the field of Winchcombe Pottery (where Ray ran the pottery for decades having taken over from Michael Cardew). I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in workshop-based traditional functional studio pottery and modern ceramics. There is a strong link, of course, via Cardew (Ray's predecessor) also to Bernard Leach and the pottery in St Ives. This book is a wonderful contribution, which deserves to be wider read.
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