The papers of Henry Hammond

Scope and Content

The archive consists of

  • Personal documents, including diaries 1955-1988
  • Personal correspondence
  • Professional correspondence, including letters from William Staite Murray, Michael Cardew and Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie
  • Scrap books, artwork and technical material
  • Material relating to exhibitions of Henry Hammond's work
  • Accounts 1951-1989
  • Personal and family photographs and slides
  • Photographs and slides relating to the work of Henry Hammond and others
  • Miscellaneous photographs and slides
  • Written works by Henry Hammond
  • Miscellaneous papers and documents

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Hammond was born in Croydon in 1914. He studied at the Croydon School of Art from 1929-1934 and then after being awarded a Royal Exhibition Scholarship at the Royal College of Art, London from1934-1938. At the RCA he was taught design and mural painting by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, going on to join the pottery classes taught by William Staite Murray.

In 1939 he was appointed pottery instructor at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham but World War II prevented him taking up the post as he was conscripted. In 1946, after two weeks at the Leach Pottery, St Ives he took up the post at Farnham eventually becoming Head of the Ceramics department. During 1946-1951 he worked in slipware only. He set up his studio at Runwick House, Hampshire in 1947, later moving to Bentley, Hampshire in 1948, at the pottery known as the Oast Pottery, where he was joined in the workshop by Paul Barron in 1954. Hammond attended the International Conference of Craftsmen at Dartington Hall in 1952 with Paul Barron. He had a two-man show with David Leach at the Casson Gallery, London in 1977.

Hammond retired in 1980 and was awarded the MBE. He died in France in 1989. Hammond was one of the founder Trustees of the Crafts Study Centre which has many examples of work relating to his life in their collection and archive including pots, drawings, letters and other documents. A retrospective exhibition of his work A Fine Line was organised by the Craft Study Centre in 1992.


Individual items have been grouped by type and then arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Archive material may be viewed by appointment only.


This entry was compiled by Becky Lyle, Submissions Officer for the project and by Jean Vacher, Collections Manager at the Crafts Study Centre, c.2004. The biography was written by Frances Lord.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available onsite.

Conditions Governing Use

Written permission must be sought before any archival material is published.

Appraisal Information

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Related Material

The Crafts Study Centre also holds:


Selected Bibliography

A fine line, Henry Hammond 1914-89 Potter and Educationist , Crafts Study Centre, Bath, 1992

Watson, Oliver, Studio Pottery , Phaidon, 1933