The Ballantyne collection of 20th century studio ceramics was started in 1971 by Rollo and Marion Ballantyne. On a wet day in Cornwall, Rollo’s brother David, a ceramicist and teacher, suggested that they visit the studio of potter Michael Cardew. The Ballantynes purchased a stoneware stool and they were bitten by the ‘clay bug’.
This spotlight exhibition will feature some highlights from the reserve collection, which expands upon the Castle’s ground floor gallery, which is dedicated to this outstanding collection. The collection represents the work of 60 potters, including Richard Batterham and Ray Finch, Bernard Leach, David Leach and Alan Caiger-Smith, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, Mary Rogers and Joanna Constantinidis , Jane Hamlyn and Janice Tchalenko.