Potter Dora Billington is one of those ladies who probably doesn’t get as much credit as she is due. She was a contemporary of Bernard Leach and William Staite Murray. While studying pottery at Royal College of Art, London, she excelled beyond her peers and began teaching in the department. When she left RCA, she continued her teaching career at Central Saint Martins where she elevated the ceramics department, and continued teaching and creating for the majority of her career.
Feature Photo: Dora Billington at a modeling workshop in 1936
We remember Billington for her books The Art of the Potter and The Technique of Pottery (which she wrote right before she died). In 1950, Billington famously stated to a classroom “Craftsmanship alone is not enough,” words that have resounded through generations, and effectively thrusted ceramics into fine art. These words remain especially poignant in the Ceramic Design department at Central Saint Martins, where students are bound by “material curiosity”, says Anthony Quinn, course leader at Central.
The following list of artists are a few alumni documented in a catalog from Central Saint Martins, now available in cfile.campus. If you are a member, view the catalog, or begin your 30-day free trial.