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.