Pot­ter about at mu­seum’s photo ex­hi­bi­tion

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Pot­ter Lucie Rie pic­tured by Ben Boswell A NEW ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing unique photographs of ma­jor pot­ters in their stu­dios has just opened at Bucks County Mu­seum.

The pho­tos are ac­com­pa­nied by ex­am­ples from the mu­seum’s ex­cep­tional col­lec­tion of stu­dio ceram­ics.

The pic­tures are by pho­tog­ra­pher, writer and stu­dio ceram­ics col­lec­tor Ben Boswell and the ex­hi­bi­tion is timed to coin­cide with an il­lus­trated talk he will be giv­ing at the mu­seum on Satur­day, Novem­ber 22.

Dur­ing the early 1980s, Mr Boswell’s in­ter­est in stu­dio pot­tery led him to start col­lect­ing, but a lack of funds re­stricted his op­tions.

Look­ing for another way of be­ing part of the lively ce­ramic scene, he em­barked on a per­sonal project to pho­to­graph some of the pot­ters he most ad­mired.

Mr Boswell’s big break came when Michael Cardew agreed to let him take pho­tos at his stu­dio, in Wen­ford Bridge, in 1982. The pic­tures were a great suc­cess and pro­vided an en­try to other pot­ters.

His pic­tures were on dis­play at Art in Ac­tion in 2011 and can be seen on his web­site www.ben­boswell. co.uk.

Mr Boswell’s il­lus­trated talk, ‘A Pas­sion for Pot­tery’, will take place at the Mu­seum from 2pm to 3pm.

He will dis­cuss many of the pot­ters he has met and pho­tographed since the early 1980s up to the present day.

Tick­ets are £5. Book in ad­vance at the mu­seum.

En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion – A Por­trait of Stu­dio Ceram­ics – is free and the mu­seum in Church Street, Ayles­bury, is open Tues­day to Satur­day, 10am to 4pm.


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