Robert Louis Blatherwick 1920 – 1993

  Robert Blatherwick was born in Lincoln and spent most of his life in the county. He trained at Winchcombe under the tuition of Michael Cardew and then went to St Ives where he worked with Bernard Leach. He taught at Lincoln School of Art and fired Ray Finches’ glaze tests for him during the war.

He then set up his own pottery, making earthenware ceramics in Reepham, Lincolnshire. The business was managed and run by his wife Marjorie, and they had a showroom in their home. He had three young children, who were brought up on the generated income, and he continued potting until his death in 1993. His work was strongly influenced by his experience with Cardew and Leach.

He created individually designed slab or thrown earthenware pieces, including domestic ware, jewellery, sculptural forms and tiles. His designs, bodies and glazes were constantly under review, exploring the possibilities with slipware and earthenware glazes. His later work used a black body. Work was often unmarked.

He was a Member of The Craftsmen Potters’ Association.

Career
1932 Received scholarship to study at Lincoln School of Art
Trained at Wedgwood’s, Stoke on Trent
1940 – 41 Burslem School of Art, Stoke on Trent
1941 – 42 Winchcombe Pottery, trained with Michael Cardew
1942 – 43 St Ives Pottery, tutored by Bernard Leach
1943 – 67 Lincoln School of Art – lecturer in ceramics
1967 – 93 Left teaching and set up studio pottery with wife Marjorie in Reepham, Lincolnshire.