This latest event celebrates the Cardew tradition of practical pottery for the table, and is drawn from the lifetime collection of Mary and Peter O'Connor. They ran a leading studio pottery gallery in the Cotswolds during the late twentieth century, and were particular fans of stoneware pottery by Ray Finch - which makes up the majority of this sale.
To bring alive the subject matter represented in our Trust collections, since 2014 the Long Room Gallery has been the venue for a variety of events and functions, and on one occasion the organizer of a related concert of English music held in the Methodist church next door. Our approach to objects owned by or associated with the Trust has always been very much hands on, providing visitors with the opportunity to handle historic and vintage materials more normally shown behind glass in conventional public Museums. We have also on occasions provided mini craft workshops, most notably a demonstration of textile dyeing held in our garden by the textile worker Jan Macmillan and a delightful slip trailing session led by Henry Sandon.
As to the handling sessions, these included Barley Roscoe (Barron & Larcher block printed fabric); Alan Powers (20th century design); John Randle (letterpress books) and Miriam Macgregor (wood engravings and their design process); and the odd Winchcombe antiques roadshow hosted by Henry Sandon, a leading BBC antiques expert and presenter of his day. Shows were also on occasions embellished by the provision of food of the period related to concurrent exhibitions – most notably our Cranks wholefood buffet held in tandem with a Ray Finch pottery show in 2016 which focused on his output of the 1970s and 1980s.