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  • Place of origin:

    Chelsea (possibly, made)
    Storrington (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wells, Reginald, born 1877 - died 1951 (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, opaque white glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bernard Rackham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 43, shelf 2

During the 1890s Reginald Wells trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, and later studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art (both in London). Around 1900 he set up his own pottery at Coldrum, near Wrotham in Kent, before later moving it to London. Wells was one of the first true studio potters (i.e., a non-factory potter), working on an entirely independent basis. His interests lay in exactly those areas that were to preoccupy studio potters in later decades, namely English slipwares and Chinese stonewares. Wells's work has a somewhat amateur and experimental look when compared to that of the next generation (B. J. Leach, Michael Cardew, William Staite Murray) who were to follow in his path.

Physical description

Stoneware bowl with an opaque white glaze.

Place of Origin

Chelsea (possibly, made)
Storrington (possibly, made)


ca. 1925 (made)


Wells, Reginald, born 1877 - died 1951 (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, opaque white glaze

Marks and inscriptions

'SOON', incised


Depth: 9.30 cm, Height: 6.00 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: given by Bernard Rackham

RF number: 25/4771

Descriptive line

Stoneware bowl with an opaque white glaze, made by R. Wells, London or Storrington, ca. 1925

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

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery. Oxford: Phaidon; Christie's Limited; in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1990. ISBN 0 7 148 8067 1
Curtis Penelope. Wilson, Keith. Modern British Sculpture. London: Royal Acadamy of Arts, 2011. p.ill. 143. ISBN978-1-905711-72-7






Studio Pottery; Ceramics; Stoneware


Ceramics Collection

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