Mike started by showing us some pieces of pottery from his collection made at 2 local potteries- Cricklade Pottery and Ramsbury Pottery.
He has written excellent articles about both potteries- Cricklade Pottery in the Spring 2011 Journal and Ramsbury in the Winter 2011 Journal.
They are well worth reading to find out more about the legacy of these old potteries.
Here are photographs of Mike's pots:
First the Ramsbury ones:
And below some of the Cricklade pottery pots:
Mike also quoted Bernard Leach: 'Very few people in this country think of making pottery as art'.
And Paul Gaugin: 'Pottery is a central art'.
Mike talked about the pots he had selected from the 100 fabulous pieces in the Swindon Collection, and encouraged the audience to engage with the finer points of the pots, particularly those made by Lucie Rie.
He is a very persuasive speaker, and certainly brings studio ceramics alive.
Next talks: Unlocking your House's Hidden History' Thursday November 15th 6pm - 7pm
'History of Swindon Viewpoint' 30th November 7.30pm( A Friends Talk)
'Blast from the Past' Thursday 6th December 6pm-8pm
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