Saffron Walden, Essex
Stoneware, slab built, with raised ornament under a yellow-brown glaze
Height 41.80 cm x Depth 12.50 cm
Museum no. CIRC.240-1960
Ian Auld's interest in pottery developed through the enthusastic teaching of William Newland at the University of London Institute of Education, where Auld was training to be an art teacher. Initially Auld worked in earthenware, exploring painted surface decoration on a tin glaze. However, on returning to England in 1957, following three years teaching in Baghdad, Auld established a studio in Essex and began producing stoneware. From this point his attention turned to the production of slab built forms. However, many of his earlier stoneware pots, such as this example, have surfaces ornamented with applied moulded seals.