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Passionate Potters

Julian Richards

Wednesday 18th May 2022

Passionate Potters – from de Morgan to Leach.

William Morris led a revolution against the products of the machine age. The first of our ‘passionate potters’, William de Morgan, was a friend of Morris who rediscovered the secrets of Near Eastern lustre glazes. In contrast, the eccentric and argumentative Martin Brothers created a range of elaborate salt glazed pots unparalleled in their imaginative breadth. Sir Edmund Elton, the ‘potter baronet’, made pots which combine startling glazes with exotic forms. And finally, Bernard Leach, the father of English studio pottery, not only married the arts of Japan and England but created a legacy that is still alive today. 

This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations.


Julian Richards

Julian studied archaeology at Reading University and has since worked as a professional archaeologist, in commercial archaeology, for English Heritage, for the BBC and as an independent. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1992 and is being awarded an honorary doctorate. He has been involved in teaching and outreach projects, lecturing widely in continuing education, to groups and societies and to special interest tour companies. A career in broadcasting involved researching and presenting Meet the Ancestors and Blood of the Vikings for BBC2, and Mapping the Town for Radio 4. Julian is author of a number of English Heritage publications on Stonehenge, including the previous and current guide books to the monument and landscape. He was guest curator of Wish you were here and an exhibition of his own extensive collection of 'Stonehengiana' was displayed at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Julian also curated an exhibition for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna, in 2016.