School of Art

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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461

Email: artschool@aber.ac.uk


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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[Stool] C1802 Ceramics

[Stool] C1803 Ceramics

[Stool] C1804 Ceramics

[Vase] C247 Ceramics

[Vase] C273 Ceramics

[Vase] C274 Ceramics

[Vase] C1749 Ceramics

[Water Pot (with cork)] C885 Ceramics

[Wide Bowl] C1807 Ceramics

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