New book examines little-known porcelain manufacturer
After 26 years of extensive research, a Worcestershire couple have published a book on little-known porcelain manufacturer Edward Walter Locke, who aimed to simplify porcelain design and bring it to the masses at a time when Royal Worcester catered for upper class tastes and budgets.
Tom and Lillian Willis were reading a book about Worcester porcelain when they came across several inaccuracies about the potter and his factory. They set about putting the record straight and spent years talking to collectors, dealers and fans of the pottery around the world in order to piece together a detailed portrait of Locke, his family and his career from apprentice to factory owner.
Edward Walter Locke, Master Potter 1829-1909: His Family and his Factory is clearly a labour of love and one that has impressed the cognoscenti. Harry Frost, former curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum of Worcester Porcelain (now the Museum of Worcester Porcelain) said ‘Thanks to this book, the Cinderella factory of the Worcester Porcelain Potters can now come in from the cold, go to the ball and have her chance to sparkle.’