(LEACH POTTERY 1942 - 1943)
Born Lincoln (1920), he received a scholarship to attend Lincoln School of Art from the age of 12, thereafter attending Burslem Art School and undertaking apprenticeship training at Wedgewood, Stoke on Trent. He was at Winchcombe Pottery between 1941-2, where he trained with Ray Finch and Michael CARDEW, who recommended him to Bernard LEACH.
In 1942 he moved to the Leach Pottery where he was assisted and tutored by Bernard Leach until 1943. There he met many visitors coming to see Leach, and he found a special friend in Dicon NANCE, who ran a craft workshop on the wharf at St Ives.
From 1943 he lectured and taught sculpture and pottery at Lincoln School of Art as Lecturer in Pottery, remaining there until 1967 and retirement. He then set up his own pottery in Reepham, Lincolnshire. Attached to the pottery was a small gallery/showroom where his wife Marjorie managed the business and ran the shop. He stopped the business in 1990, but carried on working, sculpting and drawing, until his death.
As an artist and tutor, Robert was uncompromising, totally consistent in his judgment, and much respected by his students. His aim was to produce pottery that is functional with aesthetic appeal, using colours that are natural to clay and reflect nature. His sense of form and design were unerring, and his influence on those he instructed profound (Digital Museum).
Whybrow comments that 'many of Robert's pots were unsigned as he believed, as Hamada did, that a good pot spoke for itself regardless of the maker.'
Usher Gallery Retrospective 1998