The 'studio pottery' movement of the twentieth century has been influential throughout the world. This book is the catalogue of the national collection of British studio pottery, which is held by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and contains over 700 pieces dating from the beginnings of the movement to the 1980s. As well as being rich in masterpieces by such famous names as Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, the collection contains significant and representative works by nearly 200 potters of note. Organized in the form of a biographical dictionary, with a substantial introduction, this book is recognized as the definitive work on the British studio potters. It is a key sourcebook for all those working and designing in ceramics.
Dr Oliver Watson was Head of the Ceramics Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1989 until 2001, when he became Chief Curator of the museum's Middle Eastern Collections. Since 2005, he has been Keeper of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.