Constance Wade

By Harriet Nourse
Medium:
Ceramic
Date:
2018
Edition size:
Unique

Constance Wade is the least well-known figure in this collection and yet is the woman who inspired it. Although her ceramic career was short, she proved herself to be just as capable as these other women. She was often praised for her pottery talent and cited as being in the same league as Leach and Staite Murray. Working alongside her husband Dr Dunn, Constance managed to recover a Chinese glaze recipe that had been lost for over 5,000 years. Much like the other pots in this collection, both form and surface have been directly inspired by her work. The simplicity of form reflects Constance’s own shapes, while also accentuating the foot ring. The colour mimics the green she used on so many pots – a colour commonly used in ceramics due to the prevalence of ash glazes. As a woman who had such a promising career it’s tragic that she has now been mostly forgotten by ceramicists – although, like all these women, her work is in the V&A collection. Constance deserves to be remembered alongside the likes of Rie, Billington, Wren and Lunn. She was a woman who contributed to the studio pottery movement, and without whom this collection would never have taken place.

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