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Post by 22 Crawford St. on December 22nd 2015, 7:28 pm

The two link pages below describe the life and craft of Henry Hammond (1914-1986) better than I ever could. He is one of the greats of British Ceramics and his works are in most of the major collections.

Index          
http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=18757

Craft          
http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=20050

I bought this bowl about three years ago after a visit to the V&A which has a few inspiring pieces on show. It is a failure, the celadon glaze which needs to be applied thickly to create the correct glaze effect has run over the decoration and mostly obscured it. I could not afford a otherwise undamaged early bowl of this size. The subject is 'Leda and the Swan' - a rather unsavory tale from antiquity (Wiki Leda and the Swan) . Stoneware, 350mm and bloody heavy - rings like a bell. Has the early HH painted /inscribed mark not the better know HH stamp as according to EYORF.

Henry Hammond An early large Bowl with a design of 'Leda and the Swan', circa 1938 Diameter 13 1/2in. (35cm) - Bonhams Website













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Post by studio-pots on December 22nd 2015, 8:25 pm

The pottery school that he established at Farnham School of Art became probably the finest in the country when he was in charge, with many important potters starting out there. This commitment to teaching did result in him producing relative few pots during his life.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on December 22nd 2015, 9:14 pm

He's here as a 'Famous Sons and Daughters' of Farnham...... rather a short list you would expect.

http://www.farnham.gov.uk/discover/history-and-heritage/famousnames



Henry Hammond (1904-1986)

Henry Hammond was born in 1914. He studied at the Croydon School of Art until, at the age of 20, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. He is best known for his brush decorated stoneware, but also worked in porcelain and in his early days as a potter.

In 1939 he was offered a job as the pottery instructor at the West Surrey College of Art. He was unable to accept as he had been called to serve his country in the Second World War. After his return from war, Henry Hammond spent some time in St Ives with the studio potter and art teacher Bernard Leach. He later returned to Surrey to take up the role of pottery instructor until he retired in 1980. After the war, Henry Hammond shared a studio in Bentley with colleague and potter Paul Barron. Together they helped to build up the ceramics department at Farnham School of Art.

Henry was awarded the MBE in 1980, six years before his death.
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Post by studio-pots on April 27th 2016, 4:46 pm

A couple of bowls that I sold recently.  


The one on the left was originally purchased from a solo exhibition at Primavera in 1958 and was illustrated in an edition of Pottery Quaterly.

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