365 Days in Clay

A very special charity event with Russell Collins

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 are delighted to be able to welcome acclaimed potter Russell Collins to Burford Garden Company for a very special evening on Thursday 26th September.

Everyone is welcome to attend to this open fundraising event in our café from 6.30pm - 8.30pm so do come along and join us for an evening of ceramic craft, canapés and a drop of fizz too!

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, each one of these pots will be available to purchase from Burford Garden Company, with the 267 items made so far being shown and for sale exclusively here on the evening of the 26th September. The remaining items of the collection will join them in due course, until the year's end.

Choose a piece you love or pick a meaningful date for yourself or someone else. Prices will 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.