Charlotte Rhead

Charlotte Rhead was born in October 1885 in Burslem.  Charlotte Rhead was an English ceramics designer who was active in the 1920's and in the 1930's in the Potteries area of Staffordshire.

Charlotte Rhead was born into an artistic family.  Her father, Frederick Alfred Rhead began his career as an apprentice at Mintons where he learnt the art of pate-sur-pate ceramic decoration.  He went on to work at a number of potteries including a failed venture of his own.  Charlotte's mother, Adolphine (nee Hurten) also came from an artistic family.  Charlotte's elder brother, Frederick Hurten Rhead, became a well-known pottery designer in America.

At the beginning of the 20th Century the Rhead family were living in Fenton where Charlotte and her sister Dollie studied at the Fenton School of Art.  Charlotte started work at Wardle and Co, a pottery in the nearby town of Hanley, where her brother Frederick was art director.  Charlotte did not stay at the firm long, but it gave her the opportunity to develop her skills as a tube liner, which would be useful to her in her future career as a designer.

Charlotte is perhaps best known for her association with Burgess and Leigh of Middleport, where she worked as a designer from 1926 until 1931.  Their factory is still operating, now as Burleigh Pottery.  She also worked with a firm called AG Richardson in Tunstall, their brand name was Crown Ducal.

We have a number of her pieces of pottery in our September 24th Antiques & Fine Arts Sale.


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