Charles Vyse (1882-1971) is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of British studio pottery. He was born in Staffordshire and apprenticed to Royal Doulton as a modeller in 1896 at the age of 14. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1905 where he studied for the next 5 years, and in 1911 was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. In 1912 he studied at the Camberwell School of Art. In 1919, Vyse set up a studio with his wife Nell, in Cheyne Walk, London and they produced high-fired wares inspired by Chinese and Japanese ceramics, as well as a range of cast pottery figures of local characters. The studio was badly damaged by bombing in 1940 and Vyse became a modelling and pottery instructor at Farnham School of Art, while continuing to produce his own wares. Since setting up his own studio, Vyse had exhibited annually at Walker's Gallery in Bond Street where many of his pots were sold, and this continued until 1963 when he retired
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