Artisans of Influence

Augustus John 1878 – 1961

Augustus Edwin John OM, RA, (4 January 1878 – 31 October 1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher.
For a short time around 1910, he was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the United Kingdom.
“Augustus was celebrated first for his brilliant figure drawings, and then for a new technique Read more

Edward Jenner (1749 – 1823)

Jenner was an English doctor, the pioneer of smallpox vaccination and the father of immunology.
He was born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire on 18 May 1749, the son of the local vicar.
At the age of 14, he was apprenticed to a local surgeon and then trained in London. In 1772, he Read more

Architect: Antoni Gaudi (1852 -1926)


Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (25 June 1852–10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism.
Gaudí’s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.
Much of Gaudí’s work was marked Read more

List of Thomas Edison Patents

The Major Inventions of Thomas Edison
Phonograph – History
The first great invention developed by Edison in Menlo Park was the tin foil phonograph. While working to improve the efficiency of a telegraph transmitter, he noted that the tape of the machine gave off a noise resembling spoken words when played Read more

Henry Heath Lithographer Gray’s Pottery

Henry Heath was a draughtsman, an etcher of political caricatures and a lithographer, who switched from etching to lithography in 1831 (information © Trustees of the British Museum). He worked as an engraver from about 1824-30. An advertisement in the London Literary Gazette of 1831 (No 742, April 9th, Read more

Susan Williams-Ellis 1918 – 2007

Pictured: Susan Williams-Ellis’ name appears in the last advertisement for products from Gray’s Pottery, published in Pottery and Glass, August 1961
Gray’s Pottery was sold to Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis on 1st January 1960. The decision to sell had emerged through a long-standing friendship between AE Gray Read more

Joan Gray 1918 – 2001

The daughter of AE Gray from his second marriage. Joan was a designer and journalist prior to her marriage to Ronald Bailey, a senior British diplomat, whose career took them to many parts of the world. Joan Gray trained at Burslem School of Art, achieving success in craft and Read more

Anna Edith (Nancy) Catford 1905 – 1992

Nancy, as she was universally known, attended Sidcot School, Somerset, as a boarder where her lifelong interest in art began. After experimenting herself she learned woodcarving from Mr Parker at Letchworth, subsequently attending the School of Woodcarving in South Kensington. In the 1930s she moved to the Staffordshire Potteries Read more

Sam Talbot 1902-1968

A designer at Gray’s Pottery from 1925 until 1959, taking the role of Art Director soon after Susie Cooper left in 1929. He became a Board member in 1941 and was later appointed Joint Managing Director with Robin Gray. Mr Talbot left in 1959 to take up a similar Read more