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  • Place of origin:

    Winchcombe (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Finch, Ray, born 1914 (maker)
    Winchcombe Pottery (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, with tenmoku glaze and decoration incised through the glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 2, shelf 1 []

This teapot is typical of the Winchcombe Pottery's well-designed and well-crafted stoneware products. It shows the inspiration of far-eastern ceramic techniques with the employment of a distinctive dark glossy tenmoku glaze. Tenmoku is comprised of feldspar, limestone, and iron oxide. The colour results are notoriously variable and depend upon the rate of cooling. The quicker a piece is cooled, the blacker the glaze will be.

Ray Finch originally worked under Michael Cardew at the Winchcombe Pottery but in 1946 purchased the site and got production going again following the disruptions of the Second World War. The first experiments with stoneware were attempted in 1952 and these practical and durable tablewares soon gained popular success.

Physical description

Teapot, stoneware, tenmoku glaze with decoration incised through glaze.

Place of Origin

Winchcombe (made)


1982 (made)


Finch, Ray, born 1914 (maker)
Winchcombe Pottery (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, with tenmoku glaze and decoration incised through the glaze


Depth: 20.6 cm, Height: 17.70 cm, Width: 20.5 cm, Height: 25.5 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: given by the Friends of the V&A. Purcahsed at the CPA 25th Anniversary exhibition, Studio Ceramics Today , held at the V&A in 1983

RF number: 83/1670

Descriptive line

Teapot by Ray Finch, stoneware, Britain, 1982.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery : the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, Oxford : Phaidon, Christie's, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990




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