Cecil BAUGH

1908—2005

Leach Pottery 1948-50

Baugh was born in Portland, Jamaica, WI and studied in England with the benefit of a British Council Scholarship. After his time at the Leach Pottery, the ceramist returned home to Jamaica where he built a studio in Kingston. His first one-man exhibition was held in 1950, and in 1953 HM The Queen was presented with one of Cecil's pots during her visit to Jamaica.

His work has also been presented to other notable figures around the world. As a ceramist, lecturer and consultant, Cecil helped to establish the first visual arts training institution in the English-speaking Caribbean, and has received many honours for his work.

In 1975 he was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica, and in 1984 the Gold Musgrave Award for his book Baugh, Jamaica's Master Potter. A further edition of that book (1999) includes a chapter on the Jamaican potters that Baugh has influenced. In 1991 the National Gallery of Jamaica opened the Cecil Baugh Gallery of Ceramics as part of the development of the visual arts on the Island.

In 2004 he received The Gleaner Honour for Excellence in Arts and Culture. He died in Jamaica the following year.