Country Pottery. A True Folk Art
Peter Strong – Biography
My name is Peter Strong. I studied for a BA degree in ceramics and photography in the late 1960s, concentrating on the history of the Medieval and later English Country Potteries, and developing manufacturing and production techniques. Strongly drawn to this subject I have remained unflinchingly passionate about it throughout all my working life.
Embarking on my degree coincided with the publishing, by Peter Brears, of his books on the subject (The English Country Potteries, and The Collectors book of English Country Pottery), first published in the early 1970s. Inspired by all the history and these marvellous books, I was galvanised into action, researching, manufacturing and teaching about the traditional Country Potteries for the next 5 decades, including working at the important historic pottery sites of Soil Hill in Halifax, and at Wetheriggs in Cumbria, all the while researching, collecting and restoring slipware and country pottery.
In later life I have been a visiting lecturer presenting demonstrations and advising at museums and schools and have latterly taught ceramics and photography part time for over 10 years in a private school.
Now finally, after waiting many years I am at last concentrating on this website as a form of retirement and also attempting to write about my years involved in country pottery.
I would also like to thank my son Henry for enabling the setting up of this website, it would have been impossible without his technical knowledge, great humour and tireless support.