Anthony Richards pepper pot

Anthony Richards pepper pot

Anthony Richards pepper pot - 3" (76 mm) high.

Richards, Anthony

Anthony Richards, 2001

Anthony Richards, 2001

Anthony Richards, born in Richmond, Surrey in 1924, moved to Cornwall in 1949. He had studied art at Kingston Art School and had developed an interest in pottery. He worked at Lamorna Pottery with Bill Pickard for a while, where he learned to throw and started Penzance Pottery in 1951. He met Christiane, an accomplished decorator, who had recently come to England from her native France in 1954 and married her in 1957.

In 1955 he opened Arch Pottery in Hicks Court, off The Digey in St Ives and in 1960 Christiane set up Cellar Pottery in nearby Island Square.

After eleven years at The Digey Anthony closed Arch Pottery and he and Christiane moved to Cripplesease on the Penzance Road and set up Penderleath Pottery. At Penderleath Pottery Anthony and Christiane were often hosts to the other potters from the St Ives and Penzance areas and the parties at the Engine Inn, across the road from the pottery, are still spoken of.

In 1980 Anthony and Christiane moved to Cockwells, just down from White Cross on the Hayle to Penzance road, and established Countrylane Pottery at No 1, Front Row Cottages. Today they have settled to a routine similar to the one they enjoyed forty years ago in St Ives. Anthony doesn't do so much throwing now, but Christiane decorates terracotta pots glazed and fired by Anthony.


Penzance Pottery

In 1950 after learning to pot at Lamorna Pottery, Anthony Richards moved to Penzance and set up Penzance Pottery.

The pottery continued until 1955 when Anthony moved to St Ives to start Arch Pottery.

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