This early and unusual Pleydell-Bouverie vase is one of a large group of Beano (as she was nick-named) pots that will be on display at the Winchcombe Archive Collection Summer exhibition that opens at the Long Room Gallery, Queen Anne House, High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LJ  [tel 01242 602 319] at 9am on Saturday 18th May 2019,

Katharine’s pots are being brought together as part of a show, Cardew’s Craft Circle, celebrating the creative group of friends around Michael Cardew in the 1920s and 1930s.  This will be the first substantive Beano show since a Bath exhibition held in 1980-1981, with many exhibits new to the public. Pleydell-Bouverie was a pioneer in the use of wood ash glazes on studio pottery and her influence may be seen in the work of Richard Batterham and his contemporaries – as well of course, Cardew himself.

Beano was a typically modest figure, and her pioneering research provided much of the related information incorporated in Leach’s A Potter’s Book. This show promises to appeal to studio afficinados and potters alike,  as it encompasses  a full range of her forms and glaze effects, and pots ranging from the large and impressive to the modest such as the glaze test miniatures illustrated below.

Glaze trail miniatures (h. 5cm)

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