These little jugs, about 3 inches high, are proving very popular and so I’m making more of them. They would make a nice Christmas present. You might like to see the full range of my work on sale at:
Charleston Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL
Cecilia Colman Gallery 67 St Johns Wood High Street, London, NW8 7NL
Frivoli Gallery 7a Devonshire Road, London, W4 2EU
Montpellier Gallery 8 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 3EP
Henry Paddon 113 South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4LU
Raindrops on Roses 15 High Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4EH.
The Found Gallery 84 High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1JH
Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ
Forge Gallery The Street, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0PQ
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This is a little “off topic” but I've just bought an Arts & Crafts child's plate by Frances E Richards, with her monogram and the date 1917. I'm struggling to find any information about her other than pictures of a few very plain brown pots. The plate is quite colourful with floral designs and lettering. I'd be grateful if you had any ideas for researching her.
She was born Frances Clayton in 1903, married Ceri Richards in 1929 and died in 1985. She studied with Richard Lunn at the RCA and so she probably knew Dora Billington, who also studied with him, indeed she may have been taught by Dora Billington as well when she took over Lunn. Thanks for bringing her to my attention.
There’s something about her at http://idlespeculations-terryprest.blogspot.co.uk/2008/04/frances-richards.html , on the Aberystwyth University website http://www.ceramics-aberystwyth.com/frances-richard.html and on the Tate’s website http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/frances-richards-1837 . She’s mentioned in Oliver Watson's book on the studio pottery collection in the V&A. There is a Ceri Richards archive in the National Library of Wales.
The fact that you’ve found and Arts and Crafts style plate by her is interesting because it comes from the period before Leach and Hamada brought the Japanese influence into studio pottery, a period not much researched. Dora Billington also made “art pottery” before the First World War. If you could send me a picture of the plate or post one on your website I'd appreciate it.
Thank you so much for this! I can email a photo to you if you let me know your email address or, if you prefer, I will put photos on my blog this weekend. I'm very familiar with the work of Ceri Richards, so this and the context in which your information places her is fascinating too me.
Nilly tells me I have been barking up the wrong tree. Frances (Clayton) Richards is a different person. This is Frances E. Richards, the potter:
One of the pioneer women studio potters of the early 20th century. She studied pottery under Richard Lunn at the Royal College of Art. She invited his daughter to set up a studio together but Dora Lunn, who was much younger, decided to work independently. Frances Richards worked from her home at 178 Archway Road, London where she had a kiln in the garden. She made thrown pots and bowls glazed in a wide range of colours. Occasionally she also decorated pieces with abstract patterns. She exhibited regularly at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society after 1916 and sold work through Heals and the Three Shields Gallery where she had a solo exhibition in 1928. Her work was illustrated in The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art, 1917, 1927,1928.
Thanks for the correction, Nilly.