1935 January 5 - March 9
British Art in Industry
Royal Academy, London
PG 2.35 pp213-223:
AE Gray (Nos 93 & 97) have treated the cream ground with a fine sense of colour, and are extremely subtle with their dusty prelude to a blue wavy line.
PG 3.35 p402:
'Notes from the Potteries', in reference to the Exhibition: Mr AE Gray said it was to be regretted that British critics invariably tried to knock down a British show.
P&GR 1.35 p3 (part of a report about Gray's products on display at the company's London showrooms):
Messrs AE Gray & Co Ltd, also have some representative ware, five exhibits at the Royal Academy Exhibition of British Art in Industry. One of these is a novel design of [silver and gold vertical bands] seen in the showrooms, the ware being designed by SC Talbot and AE Gray. Then there are five pieces from dinner and tea sets, with the same designers, decorated chiefly with blue lines on a cream ground, and leaves suggested by a few strokes of green, and flowers by yellow dots; similar pieces decorated with [wavy lines and a band in blue]; tableware with yellow bands and blue lines; and a vegetable dish, cream jug, and two plates with a very neat and simple decoration made up of a [silver line, a thin red line, a few lines in grey and a few strokes suggesting leaves and flowers].
The following images are from two British Art in Industry Exhibition publications: the Catalogue and the Illustrated Souvenir, courtesy P Atterbury.
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An Advisory Committee was appointed for each area of specialisation. Committee No IV, Ceramics, comprised several influential potters, together with notable persons in the fields of art & design. The actual pots on display may have been influenced by these participants!
Among the speakers listed for lectures given during the Exhibition are Gordon Forsyth , on British Pottery, and Frank Pick, Managing Director of London Underground, on Design and Tradition: their Inter-actions.
The five Gray's Pottery exhibits as listed on various pages of the Ceramics section. Item 232 is almost certainly pattern A961, a design comprising narrow gold and silver vertical lines. This corresponds with the only illustration...
...of the Gray's exhibits in the Illustrated Souvenir publication. Item 250 is likely to be pattern A1608.