Clay bust of John Wesley

In 1865, Edwin Beer Fishley inherited the Fishley pottery, which his grandfather George Fishley had established at Fremington, North Devon in 1811. As well as carrying on the Fishley traditions using earthenware and slip decoration, Edwin Beer responded to the popular Art Pottery aesthetics of the time.
On this earthenware bust of John Wesley, Fishley has used manganese in the glaze to get the rich brown colour.
Edwin Beer Fishley was much admired by the Studio Potters Michael Cardew, Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Leach and Hamada called him ‘the Last Peasant Potter’.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
British ceramics
earthenware | | | |
Common Name
clay bust of John Wesley
Simple Name
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Town
Production County
N. Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Person Initials
Edwin Beer
Production Person Surname
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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