Slipware Pottery Jug
Stunning English slipware pottery jug. Stamped WELLS on the base. Slipware is a form of decorative glazed earthenware.
Reginald Fairfax Wells ( 1877 – 1951 )
Wells studied sculpture at the South Kensington School of Art (Royal College of Art) in the 1890s and studio pottery at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. Around 1900 Wells moved to Wrotham in Kent, where there had been potteries since the seventeenth century. At the age of twenty-three he set up his own art pottery at nearby Coldrum. Around 1909 he moved Coldrum Pottery to Chelsea, and continued there until the outbreak of the First World War.
Wells is considered one of the first true studio potters working on an entirely independent basis. His interests lay in English slipwares and Chinese stonewares anticipating the concerns of later studio potters, such as Bernard Leach and William Staite Murray. There are many examples of his pottery in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Measurements: W 20 cm H 25 cm