Our forthcoming Summer show will feature pottery made by William Newland, his wife Margaret Hine and their associate Nicholas Vergette, all kindly lent by the Newland family. William was born in New Zealand but following national service during WW2 some of it served in the Mediterranean, he was put through art college in London to assist his professional training.
The Newland group, sometimes referred to as the Picassoettes, rose to prominence through the coffee bar culture of the 50s and 60s in London and elsewhere, to which they contributed much decorative tiles and ceramics. Their sunny use of colour and blending with rural and Med themes were very distinctive, quoting both from a quirky take on English folk culture with aesthetics derived from the classical.
Newland also taught in London colleges, perhaps one of his most famous disciples being James Tower, a gouache by whom is shown below. All the group reflected an overiding trend in the use of brighter colours in home furnishings of the 50s & 60s, seen also in period textiles also on display at our show (see following blogs on Reich and Piper).