365 Days in Clay

Exhibition and Sale Continue in Store

We love the subtle muted colours of Russell Collins' beautifully crafted pottery, which has very much become a staple of the Burford 'look' over the years. So we were delighted to welcome acclaimed potter Russell Collins to Burford Garden Company for a very special evening on Thursday 26th September.

Russell has recently recovered form Prostate Cancer, and this has inspired him to produce a unique pot every day of the year for 365 days in 2019 in order to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Crafted from special raw material gifted by Valentine Clays, 267 items made so far were shown exclusively on the evening. The remaining items of the collection will join them in store in due course, continuing the exhibition and sale of works until the year's end.

Choose a piece you love or pick a meaningful date for yourself or someone else. Prices range from £10 up to £300, plus a few higher priced larger pieces.

This is a rare opportunity to own an original and unique piece of ceramic art from one of Britain's most coveted craft potters supporting a worthwhile charity.

More About Russell Collins...

As with many of the 'cottage' designers we work with, we have enjoyed a very long relationship with Russell. This began in the 1980s when he made the much-loved green pottery for our first 'Planters' café. We are very pleased to help Russell launch this incredible one-off collection and at the same time support the Prostate Cancer UK charity.

Born in London, Russell trained as a teacher in Chichester, West Sussex and later joined the groundbreaking Harrow Art School Pottery Course.

Moving in 1967 from London to Oxfordshire, he set up his first small pottery in the village of Chadlington. Two years later he moved to Hook Norton where he established the well-known Hook Norton Pottery. With a growing reputation, exhibitions and collections were developed for the V&A Museum and the British Craft Council as well Selfridges, Liberty, Heal's and Harrods, and a special range for Macy's in New York.

The pottery was dubbed the 'Hand Factory', and over the years Russell has had the privilege on working with many major 20 th century potters, including Bernard and David Leach, Michael Cardew, Ray Finch, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie and Nora Braden.

In 2012 Russell downsized and moved to a smaller studio where he concentrates on developing individual pieces for private clients, galleries, museums and exhibitions.

All of Russell's work is reduction fired to 1300ºC. It is safe for domestic use and has no metal release. The clay and glazes have been tested and certified by the British Ceramic Research Association.