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Adams, William (bap. 1746, d. 1805), potter, was baptized on 15 June 1746 in Tunstall, Staffordshire, the posthumous son of Edward Adams (d. 1745/6), potter, and Martha, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Adams. There were three William Adamses who were potters in ...

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Boris Vasilyevich Anrep, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969) by Pierre Roy, 1949 [Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 boulevard Arago] © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2010; photograph Tate, London, 2004

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Anrep, Boris Vasilyevich, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969), mosaicist, came of a noble Russian family. He was born on 28 September 1883 in St Petersburg, the son of Vasily Konstantinovich von Anrep (1852–1927), a doctor who became the minister of education for ...

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Astbury, John (1688?–1743?), potter, was probably the son of John Astbury (b. 1663) and Anna Hales (d. 1703). Uncertainty arises because there were several John Astburys in the Staffordshire Potteries at this time. John Astbury and Anna Hales had three other children, a daughter, ...

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Quentin Claudian Stephen Bell (1910–1996) by Duncan Fraser, 1982 [in his pottery at Cobbe Place] © Duncan Fraser; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Quentin Claudian Stephen (1910–1996), art historian and potter, was born into the heart of the Bloomsbury group on 19 August 1910, the younger son of (Arthur) Clive Heward Bell (1881–1964), art critic, and his wife, Vanessa Bell (1879–1961), painter, and the daughter of ...

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Bloor, Robert (d. 1846), ceramicist, was probably born at Church Gresley, Derbyshire, where many of his family are buried. He worked as a clerk for the Old Derby China Works for several years before buying the firm for £5000 in 1811, from Michael Kean...

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Cardew, Michael Ambrose (1901–1983), potter, was born on 26 May 1901 at Wimbledon, Surrey, the third son and fourth child in the family of five sons and one daughter of Arthur Cardew, a civil servant, and his wife, Alexandra Rhoda, daughter of George William Kitchin...

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Michael Ambrose Cardew (1901–1983) by unknown photographer, 1937 © reserved; unknown collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Casson, (Frederick) Michael [Mick] (1925–2003), potter, was born on 2 April 1925 at 43 Leaside Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, one of four children of William Casson, restaurant proprietor, and his wife, Dorothy Mabel, née Miller. He showed an early aptitude for art. Despite being born with several vertebrae welded together in his neck, he also became a proficient sportsman, swimmer, and diver, though a deep dive as a youth damaged an eardrum leaving him deafened in one ear, a disability which, like his neck, he rarely mentioned. During the Second World War, excused enlistment, he worked for ...

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Cooper, Emmanuel (1938–2012), potter, writer on craft and the arts, and advocate of gay rights, was born on 12 December 1938 at 10 Market Place, Pilsley, a coalmining village in Derbyshire, the fourth of five children (three boys and two girls) of Fred Cooper (1904–1960)...

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Coper, Hans Joachim (1920–1981), potter, was born on 8 April 1920 in Chemnitz, Saxony, the second son of Julius Coper, a prosperous Jewish businessman, and his wife, Erna (d. 1969). Coper's childhood was deeply affected by the increasing harassment of Jewish citizens throughout the 1930s, something that led to the family's moving from ...

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Dwight, John (1633x6–1703), chemist and potter, is presumed to have been born at Todenham in Gloucestershire, the second son of a yeoman farmer, George Dwight, and his wife, Joane Greenough (d. 1680), whose marriage took place at Bampton in Oxfordshire on 30 September 1630. By 4 March 1632 they were living at ...

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John Dwight (1633x66–1703) by unknown sculptor, c. 1673–5 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Elers, John Philip (1664–1738), potter and merchant, was born in Utrecht on 7 September 1664, the son of Martin Elers (b. 1621). His mother was a daughter of Daniel van Mildred. He had a brother, David (1656–1742), and a sister, Sarah, who married ...

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Fournier, Robert Charles Privett (1915–2008), potter, was born on 16 March 1915 at 5 Mount Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, the son of Alphonse Robert William Fournier (1884–1954), a woodworking engineer who helped to build aircraft in the First World War and later motor cars, and his wife, ...

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Henderson, (James) Ewen (1934–2000), ceramic artist, was born on 3 January 1934 at Cheddleton Hospital, Staffordshire, the second son and younger child of David Henderson (c.1900–1953), doctor of medicine, and (Beatrice) Mary Stewart (c.1905–1956), teacher and administrator, both of whom were Scottish. He was brought up, unconventionally and rather unhappily, in a large mental hospital near ...