The RJ Lloyd Ceramics Collection
Predominantly North Devon slipware, this is an ideal introduction to the history and heritage of ceramics in this area. The RJL Collection is an interesting mix, reflecting the collector’s fascination for English pottery, and contains over 500 pieces. Many of these are made by local craftsmen, including the Fishley family of Fremington. More recent pieces include pots by Philip Leach, Michael Cardew, Clive Bowen and Harry Juniper.
RJ Lloyd started collecting North Devon Slipware in the 1950s, recognising the ceramics are things of beauty, with honey-glossed glazes, engraved drawings and poems. From the 1740s, harvest jugs bore drawings of tall ships in full sails, mermaids, stars, compasses and coats of arms and had wonderful names, such as widebottoms, gulleymouths and pinchguts.