Artisans of Influence

Dorothy Tomes

Examples of patterns in production just after Susie Cooper had left (October 1929) and which may be attributable to Dorothy Tomes. These are all freehand painted designs:

Square plate, 8846, 135 sq, mark H4.
Paris jug, 9061 Hampton, 104 high, mark H4.
Coffee can & saucer, 8755, can 54 dia, mark H4.
Paris jug, Read more

Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Pictured: Susie Cooper being interviewed by BBC Radio Stoke’s presenter Pat Lawrence at the opening of the Gray’s Pottery exhibition in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, February 1982.
Much has been written about this extraordinary designer, an icon throughout twentieth-century ceramic design. ‘Susie Cooper – A Pioneer of Modern Design’, 2002, Andrew Casey and Ann Eatwell, Read more

Gordon Forsyth 1879-1952

Pictured: Gordon M Forsyth – image from Art and Craft of the Potter,
GM Forsyth, 1934, courtesy Chapman & Hall
Ann Eatwell wrote an extensive scholarly treatise on Gordon Forsyth which was published in The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the present, Number 13 (1989): ‘Artists as Educators’. Read more

Jack Bond 1901-1987

Pictured: An image of George ‘Jack’ Bond taken in the 1950s
Jack Bond had a distinguished military career, retiring in 1957 as a Major-General. As a young Lieutenant in the early 1920s he was fairly impecunious but an excellent amateur artist. In discussions between AE Gray and his son-in-law Ronald Read more

John Guildford

Left Gray’s Pottery in 1922 and went to Barker Brothers of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, where some of his designs (eg Arabesque, The Storm) carry his name as part of the backstamp or within the design.
The only written reference to his design work for Gray’s Pottery is an illustration of a Read more

George Buttle 1867 – 1925

Trained at Wedgwood as an apprentice for seven years. Worked for Doulton and Bernard Moore. Art Director at Bishop & Stonier Ltd of Hanley (1891-1939) and at Keeling & Co Ltd of Burslem (1886-1936). Committee member of the (Stoke-on-Trent) Ceramic Society Art Section.
Known to have designed Gray’s Sports China Read more

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)

(Pictured: Ottavia Leoni, ‘Drawing of the Portrait of Caravaggio’ Florence, Biblioteca Marucelliana © Photo Scala, Florence)
Caravaggio was a Baroque artist and the greatest Italian painter of the 17th century.
Michelangelo Merisi was born in September 1571 in Caravaggio, near Milan and was always known by the name of his hometown. In Read more

Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890)

Burton was a Victorian explorer, writer and translator, known for his travels in Asia and Africa.
Richard Francis Burton was born in Devon on 19 March 1821. His father was an army officer. Burton accompanied his parents on their frequent trips abroad and showed an early talent for languages.
Burton was Read more

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 1859)

Brunel was one of the most versatile and audacious engineers of the 19th century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born on 9 April 1806 in Portsmouth. His father Mark was a French engineer who had fled France during the revolution. Read more

Rupert Brooke (1887 – 1915)

Brooke was an English poet whose neo-Romantic poems and premature death in World War One contributed to his fame and idealised image.
Rupert Brooke was born on 3 August 1887. His father was a housemaster at Rugby School. After leaving Cambridge University, where he became friends with many of those Read more