Cardew's Craft Circle

Cardew’s Craft Circle

Cardew’s Craft Circle

Winchcombe Archive Collection Trust are holding a free entry show, Cardew’s Craft Circle, at their Queen Anne House base,  opening on Saturday 18th May which focuses on the group of creative individuals and artists known to Michael Cardew, who set up Winchcombe Pottery in 1926.

This will reflect Michael’s aesthetic world of the inter-war years, and focus particularly on the output of his closest friends and core influencers. The group displays will encompass selected examples of creativity in print art, ceramics, textiles and graphic design. It will also reflect the transition in art of the period from the broadly representational to the abstract, a theme also reflected in the decoration and aesthetics of Winchcombe slipwares that ran in tandem.

Along with this show that also looks at arts and crafts interiors in the Cotswolds of the 1920s and 1930s, they are also holding a talks series throughout the year, beginning with Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts, on Sunday 26th May.

Sunday 26th May 2019: Winchcombe Methodist Church Hall : 3pm : John Edgeler

Cotswolds Arts and Crafts of the 1930s : A show overview, ranging from textiles through graphic design and print art to pottery, including in particular Michael Cardew’s close friend, the stoneware studio potter Katharine Pleydell Bouverie. The talk will also look at themes in interior design of the country homes that housed the products of a distinctly pastoral aesthetic. Talk only: £5.

Saturday 1st June 2019: Long Room Gallery : 3pm : Peyton Skipwith and Jolyon Drury  ~ Rural Rides : In this overview of the neo-Pastoral revival in art of the 1920s inspired broadly by Samuel Palmer, we have Peyton (formerly of the Fine Art Society) and Jolyon (son of artist Paul Drury) in conversation on the print art of Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury, both products of Goldsmiths College, and the Cotswolds based FL Griggs, all of whose art of the time evoked and celebrated a fast disappearing traditional community life and the rural idyll.  Refreshments.

Saturday 8th June 2019: Winchcombe Methodist Church Hall : 3pm : Thomas Holman ~ Fred Partridge Arts & Crafts Jeweller : Partridge, brother to Ethel Mairet the leading craft weaver, first learnt his metal craft in his home town of Barnstaple in North Devon where both had spent their childhood.  In this illustrated talk, Thomas Holman a director of Wartski Jewellers, depicts Fred’s subsequent career both in The Guild of Handicraft and subsequent independent workshop in Hassocks, near the Ditchling, Sussex craft community established by Eric Gill from 1916.

Saturday 22nd June 2019: Long Room Gallery : from midday (talk 3pm) :

Sarah Burns ~ Phyllis Barron & Dorothy Larcher : Sarah Burns, the Sussex based textile worker and book author who practices the techniques of these Painswick designers and of Ethel Mairet, talks of their legacy and her own take on tradition.  Her formal presentation will form part of a textiles themed afternoon including a dyeing demonstration by Jan McMillan of the Gloucestershire Guild and textile handling sessions.  Refreshments.

Queen Anne House, High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LJ, Tel : 01242 602 319

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