John Edgeler and Roger Little are slipware evangelists. The pair are devoted to extolling the virtues of 20th century slipware by Michael Cardew (1901-82) and his peers at Winchcombe pottery.
Talking last month, John spoke of his joy
that Cardew's ceramics sat alongside Lutyens furniture and art by
Lucian Freud and Grayson Perry in the home of designer Jonathan
Reedin a recent World of Interiors article.
Added to this, Tanya Harrod has just
launched her biography on Cardew at the Fine Art Society on Bond
Street, so all in all Cardew is having a bit of a moment.
John and Roger have again joined forces for
another exhibition at the Long Room Gallery in Queen Anne House,
Winchcombe, from November 24 to December 1, this time titled
Pottery and Primitivism - The Modern Movement Slipwares of
Michael Cardew and His Associates.
The show they held here last year attracted
a loyal troupe of slipware collectors, from as far afield as New
Zealand, so they're hoping for a similar response.
The exhibition features over 30 pieces, all
for sale, and looks at the inter-War period, with 1930s work of
abstract and primitive design as the primary focus.
Most are by Cardew, but alongside these are
pieces by Ray Finch (1914-2012), who studied at the Central School
of Art in the mid 1930s before to moving to Winchcombe, and others
at the pottery as well as the odd piece by their Cornish
counterpart, Bernard Leach (1887-1979).
Prices range from £200 to around