Trained at the Central School, Ray Finch (1914-2012) initially made vibrant slipware at his Winchcombe pottery, but eventually converted to stoneware, developing well designed durable tableware in ash and iron glazes. These elegant forms had a quiet clean modernity, distinct from his earthenware, while possessing much of its generosity of spirit.
His teapots, jugs and cups and saucers were particularly admired, and his late salt glaze had much of the warmth of the pieces he made when working with Michael Cardew. Many potters, including Jim Malone, Colin Pearson and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott learnt much of their craft at Ray Finch’s workshop. He disliked personal attention, preferring to promote the collective ethos of the pottery, as expressed in the continual understatement and warmth of his pots.