winchcombe pottery

Skipping about a day plus in Bath, on the way back to London we visited Winchcombe pottery just outside of the Cotswolds town. This is one of the places related to Japanese Mingei movement. 
The workshop has been on the site since the early 1800's but was derelict after the war. Then Michael Cardew who was trained under Bernard Leach got the place and gradually the team grew in the number. They practised the philosophy of Mingei which was to make affordable hand-made pottery for everyday use and in old English syle Cardew was looking at
One of the crew Ray Finch was left with the place when Cardew took off for travelling. Now his son Mike took over the workshop and has been making beautiful domestic tableware. 
Mike was a very lovely guy and told us the history and the stories behind making, and showed us around in the studio.
This old-fashioned machine would be used in a bakery factory to make dough. Now in their studio it's mixing clays.
This is a hand-build down draught wood-firing kiln. These things really make me feel like I'm very amateur. They also have a non-working bottle kiln in the site which is worth seeing. 
I really love the earthy feel of their pottery. I got a casserole pot from a 'seconds' shelf. Great buy. I'm looking forward to winter now even though I'm also enjoying the unbelievably summery sunny weather at the moment.


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