28 February 2013
A LARGE PLATE BY EDGAR CAMDEN AND A LITTLE BROWN BOWL BY DORA BILLINGTON
This plate was made by Edgar Camden at the Aldermaston Pottery. Camden worked for a long time with Alan Caiger-Smith, who founded the Aldermaston Pottery in the 1950s and who was the most outstanding practitioner of tin-glazed ceramics in Britain until his retirement a few years ago.
The picture doesn't do justice to the plate, which is huge, about 60cm wide. It is displayed at the entrance to the ceramics section of the Stoke on Trent Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley. You must go and see it for yourself (and, indeed, the excellent collection in the museum, rivalling in quality the collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum). Stoke have a large collection of work from the Aldermaston Pottery, demonstrating Alan Caiger-Smith's energetic making and decorating.