School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Michael Ambrose Cardew

Born: 1901, UK, England, London, Wimbledon   Died: 1983

Ceramicist. Studied humanities at Exeter College, Oxford, 1919-23, and an apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in 1923. He then worked alongside Bernard Leach until 1926 before establishing his own pottery at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. From 1936 he worked with Ray Finch who ran the Winchcombe business from 1939 allowing Cardew to set up a new pottery at Wenford Bridge, Cornwall. Wartime commitments meant the enterprises virtually ceased production and Cardew instead took up a teaching post at Achimota College, Ghana, 1942-45. Remaining in Ghana he established a pottery at Vumé on the Volta River, 1946-48. In 1950 he was appointed Pottery Officer for Nigeria and later taught at his Pottery Training Centre in Abuja where he lived for ten months of the year until 1965. His early work included slip decorated earthenware with galena glaze. His later work was influenced by traditional African ceramics

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

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[Gwari Casserole] C1760 Ceramics

[Gwari Casserole] C1761 Ceramics

[Gwari Casserole] C1801 Ceramics

[Inkwell] C270 Ceramics

[Inkwell] C271 Ceramics

[Jar] C254 Ceramics

[Jar] C257 Ceramics

[Jar] C258 Ceramics

[Jar] C259 Ceramics

[Jar] C260 Ceramics

[Jar] C261 Ceramics

[Jug] C245 Ceramics

[Jug] C262 Ceramics

[Jug] C263 Ceramics

[Jug] C269 Ceramics

[Jug] C1747 Ceramics

[Jug] C1748 Ceramics

[Jug] C1762 Ceramics

[Jug] C1790 Ceramics

[Jug] C1791 Ceramics

[Large Bowl] C1806 Ceramics

[Large Lidded Jar With Handle] C1972 Ceramics

[Lidded Bowl] C1793 Ceramics

[Lidded Casserole] C1766 Ceramics

[Lidded casserole] C1800 Ceramics

[Lidded casserole dish] C1389 Ceramics

[Lidded Jar] C1764 Ceramics

[Lidded pot] C248 Ceramics

[Lidded Sugar Bowl] C1792 Ceramics

[Mug] C272 Ceramics

[Mug] C2036 Ceramics

[Pie dish] C241 Ceramics

[Pie dish] C242 Ceramics

[Pie dish] C243 Ceramics

[Pie dish] C244 Ceramics

[Pie dish] C250 Ceramics

[Pie dish] C251 Ceramics

[Plant pot] C1772 Ceramics

[Plant pot saucer] C1773 Ceramics

[Plate] C267 Ceramics

[Plate] C1755 Ceramics

[Plate] C1774 Ceramics

[Plate] C1775 Ceramics

[Plate] C1776 Ceramics

[Plate] C1810 Ceramics

[Plate] C1811 Ceramics

[Rectangular Dish] C2029 Ceramics

[Rectangular Platter] C1808 Ceramics

[Shallow bowl] C1771 Ceramics

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