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Arts & Crafts

There is on display a large collection of artisan pots made at Winchcombe Pottery from the time it was re-opened by Michael Cardew in 1926 until the late Twentieth Century.

 

Thanks to James and Diane Perry, our collection has broadened out to include pots made by potters who trained at Winchcombe and then moved on.

 

There are various superstitions attached to the making of corn dollies, but for centuries people made these symbols of good luck, as favours or to ensure a good harvest the following year.


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A jug made by Sid Tustin, one of the many potters who learnt his trade at the Winchcombe Pottery, joining Michael Cardew in 1927.  He stayed there until his retirement in 1978.

A magnificent corn dolly, about 75 cms long, made by David Packwood

Ray Finch at Winchcombe Pottery

A magnificent corn dolly, about 75 cms long, made by David Packwood

This unique clock was made in Winchcombe in the early 1950s by P.J. Hill.

It was made for Pete Summers who owned the cider press outside the library and the orchard where Blenheim Court and Summers Road now stand.

It was generously given to the museum by his daughter, Karen Margrett, and restored by Mike Lovatt.