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Paul Barron

'His education inspired a belief in the significance of the chemistry and physics of clays and glazes.'

Paul Barron pot - P_89_8 Paul Barron (b. 1917) grew up in Brighton. He attended Brighton College of Art and was taught by Norah Braden, a graduate of the RCA Ceramics Department and a talented student of Bernard Leach's. Barron himself went on to study at the RCA where Helen Pincombe was one of his teachers.  Afterwards he worked for a time at Wrecclesham Pottery, a workshop making functional wares using traditional techniques.  He also studied ash glazes with Katherine Pleydell Bouverie.  This education inspired a belief in the significance of the chemistry and physics of clays and glazes.  Barron became a strong ally of Hammond's in building a rigorous technical course at the West Surrey College of Art and Design.  He was a keen gardener and local historian (interests he shared with Hammond), and a talented amateur actor.  In his own practice Barron made mainly individual items in stoneware; some of his tableware was exhibited in Prague.  He shared a studio with Henry Hammond in Bentley from 1954.

References

-Blackie, S. 1984, 'Paul Barron 1917-83', Crafts, Vol.67, Mar/Apr, p.55

-Casson, M. 1967, Pottery in Britain today, Alec Tiranti, London

-Hammond, H. 1984, 'Obituary -Paul Barron 1917-1983', Ceramic Review, Vol.85, Jan/Feb, p.18

-Rose, M. 1955, The artist-potter in England, London