Elton, Edmund


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(b 1846; d 1920). English art potter. In 1883 Elton succeeded to a baronetcy and inherited Clevedon Court, a manor house (now National Trust) in the North Somerset town of Clevedon. In 1881 he had established Sunflower Pottery (in the manor house), where he made pottery influenced both by his allegiance to the Aesthetic movement and by a wide range of national and historical styles. He experimented with glazes as well as forms, and c. 1902 moved away from clear glazes to the metallic glazes with which he is now associated. The clock tower in the town of Clevedon is decorated in Elton ware.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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