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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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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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Bone, Henry (1755–1834), miniature and enamel painter, was born at Truro on 6 February 1755, the son of Henry Bone, a cabinet-maker and carver, who took his family to Plymouth, where Bone learned to paint on hard paste china for the Cookworthy factory. He continued his apprenticeship with ...

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Bone, Henry Pierce (1779–1855), miniature and enamel painter, was born in Islington, London, on 6 November 1779, the eldest son and pupil of the enamel painter Henry Bone (1755–1834) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Van der Meulen (d. c.1830). He went to school in ...

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Bouverie, Katharine Harriot Duncombe Pleydell- (1895–1985), potter, was born on 7 June 1895 at Coleshill House, Berkshire, the youngest of three children of Duncombe Pleydell-Bouverie (1842–1909), second son of Jacob, fourth earl of Radnor, and his wife, Maria Eleanor Hulse. She was brought up in ...

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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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Clarke, Geoffrey Cyril Petts (1924–2014), sculptor, stained glass artist, and printmaker, was born on 28 November 1924 at Glenwood, Cross Green, South Darley, Derbyshire, the son of John Moulding Clarke (1889–1961), architect and etcher, and his wife Alice Ada (Janet), née...

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Cliff, Clarice (1899–1972), ceramic designer and art director, was born on 20 January 1899 at 19 Meir Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire, one of eight children of Harry Thomas Cliff, iron-moulder, and his wife, Ann (née Machin). Her parents were working-class and of Staffordshire...

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Constantinidis [née Connell], Joanna (1927–2000), potter, was born on 12 December 1927 at Purey Court Nursing Home, York, the second daughter and second of the three children of James Connell (1897–1957), factory manager, and his wife, Clara Peterson (1886–1977).

Connell showed artistic flair at an early age. Though art was not taught at ...

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Cooper, Susan Vera [Susie] (1902–1995), potter, was born at Stansfield, near Burslem, Staffordshire, on 29 October 1902, the youngest of the seven children of John Cooper (d. 1914), JP, and his wife, Mary-Ann, née Adams. The year of her birth was that in which ...

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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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Essex family (per. c. 1800–c. 1860), enamellists and miniature painters, came to prominence with the brothers William Essex (1784–1869) and Alfred Essex (d. 1871). Little is known of their parents or childhood, but it appears from the inscription on a miniature by ...

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Holiday, Henry George Alexander (1839–1927), painter and stained-glass artist, was born on 17 June 1839 at 2 Lower Southampton (now part of Conway) Street, Fitzroy Square, London, the second of four children of George Henry Holiday (1799–1884), a private tutor, and his wife, ...

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Leach, Bernard Howell (1887–1979), potter and writer, was born on 5 January 1887 in Hong Kong, the only child of Andrew John Leach (1852–1904), barrister and puisne judge, and his wife, Eleanor (known as Nellie; 1862–1887), daughter of Hamilton Sharp of Manchester, headmaster, and his wife....

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Morgan, William Frend De (1839–1917), potter and novelist, was born on 16 November 1839 at 69 Gower Street, London, the second child of Augustus De Morgan (1806–1871) and Sophia Frend (1809–1892). His father was the first professor of pure mathematics at University College, London...

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Murray, William Staite (1881–1962), potter and teacher of pottery, was born on 9 September 1881 at 103 High Street, Deptford, London, the third son of the six children of James Murray, merchant, and his wife, Arabella, daughter of Abel Staite, cheesemonger, of London...

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Northwood, John (bap. 1836, d. 1902), glass artist and manufacturer, was born in Wordsley, Staffordshire, where he was baptized on 13 November 1836, the second of three surviving sons among the seven children of Frederick Northwood (1805/6–1881), a carpenter and later a grocery store keeper, and his wife, ...

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Rie [née Gomperz], Dame Lucie (1902–1995), potter, was born on 16 March 1902 in Vienna, the third and last child of Professor Benjamin Gomperz (1861–1936), an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and his wife, Gisela (1873–1937), daughter of Ignaz Wolf and his wife, ...

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Spode, Josiah (1755–1827), potter and merchant, was born on 8 May 1755 at Stoke-on-Trent, the son of Josiah Spode (1733–1797), founder of the Spode pottery factory there, and Ellen, née Finley (1726–1802). He was trained in the art of ceramic manufacture by his father and entered the family firm. On 9 July 1775 he married ...

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Wedgwood, Josiah (1730–1795), master potter, was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, probably on 12 July 1730, the date on which his baptism was registered at St John's Church in that parish. He was the thirteenth and youngest child of Thomas Wedgwood (1687–1739) and his wife, ...