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Modern slipware has its moment as Cardew stars at Cotswolds show

23 November 2012Written by Anna Brady

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 £15,000.

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