Barbara Cass (1921-1992) was one of several members of the Leach School who have been consistently underrated, even forgotten in recent years. Born In Germany, she studied sculpture in Berlin, and then established a studio in York before moving to Warwickshire in 1968. Her jugs, bowls and jars were distinguished by rich deep iron-flecked ash glazes, some of her generally simple shapes were abstractly decorated.
It was work that epitomised the English landscape, the textures and colours of her clays and glazes evocative of the sources from which they were derived. Cass was a very bold potter, a maker of strong forms and expressively poured glazes.