The son of Michael Cardew and raised at Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire, Seth studied painting at Chelsea School of Art (1952-54) and sculpture at Camberwell (1957-59) before returning to his pottery roots. After the death of his father (who had been the first pupil of Bernard LEACH and inspired by Hamada) he took over the family pottery.
Greatly influenced by his father with regard to the shape of his pots, Sethh decorates with brushwork and scraffito, using his wood-fired kiln to bring to life the interesting and sometimes unexpected glaze effects from reduction firing. Seth feels that forms must be lively, that 'shape is 99% of the pot and the pot should sing'. He leads workshops nationally and abroad.
Potter, sculptor, teacher
works and access
Access to work: Wenford Bridge Pottery, St Breward, Bodmin, Cornwall; V&A Museum
1986: RCM & RIC Three Spires Festival Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Pottery, Truro (Opening of the RCM or County Art Gallery, by the Royal Institution of Cornwall)
Craftsman Potters' Association; Cornwall Craft Association
Buckman (2006) Artists in Britain since 1945
Whybrow (1985) Potters in their Place;
Whybrow (2006) The Leach Legacy