21. May 2019 - 10:30 till 12:30
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From mud and water man to moon jar lady – an informal introduction to 100 years of studio pottery | | Tuesday, 21. May 2019

Two small group visits (14 per visit): Tuesday 21st May – morning 10.30am – 12.30pm: Afternoon 2.30pm- 4.30pm
The address and full joining instructions will be supplied to those who book
By kind permission of Sylvia and Peter Longman, this is a rare chance to visit a private house and its collection. Located within 30 minutes of Bristol.
Studio pottery in Britain was born of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the late 19thC as a reaction against mass production, and to seek a return to the traditions of individual makers working in their studios to create items for domestic or decorative use. Peter Longman’s talk is based on pots in his own collection. There will be opportunities to handle selected pieces, to choose and discuss your own favourites, and to view the rest of the collection and explore the house and (weather permitting) the garden.
Complementary tea/ coffee will be served in tea bowls or mugs from the collection.
Peter started his career at the Arts Council, after studying law and accountancy and drama. He went on to hold senior positions in the arts, crafts and theatre and was for 11 years the Government’s chief adviser on museums and galleries. He started collecting studio pottery seriously 40 years ago. In 2010 he and his wife moved back to the West Country where they now live in an arts and crafts/ colonial style house surrounded by 185 pots, over 40 paintings and ¾ acre of garden.