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Michael Cardew

(1901—1983) potter


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(b Wimbledon, London, 26 May 1901; d Truro, Cornwall, 11 Feb 1983). English potter. In 1923 he joined Bernard Leach as a student in the Leach Pottery at St Ives, Cornwall. They shared an interest in English slipware, and in 1926 Cardew left St Ives to set up his own workshop where he planned to revive the tradition. He leased the pottery at Greet, near Winchcombe, Glos, where, from 1926 until 1939, he worked with earthenware clay (e.g. earthenware pie dish, c. 1938; Bristol, Mus. & A.G.). In 1939 Cardew moved to St Tudy on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, where he founded Wenford Bridge pottery, which was to be his base for the remainder of his life.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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