Wondrausch, Mary (7 of 9) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2007-09-20, 2007-09-25, 2007-10-03

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Compton, Surrey

  • Interviewees

    Wondrausch, Mary, 1923- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: Parents’ names Margaret Desmond Lambert née Montgomery and Harold Charles Lambert. MW’s interest France and philosophy, mentions existentialism and Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘Le Deuxieme Sexe’, Bertrand Russell’s ‘A History of Western Philosophy’. Mentions Michele Morgan. Description of holidays in France, painting, collecting rustic pots. Comments on the connection between food and MW’s pots, mentions Elizabeth David. Comments on Terence Conran importing French pots, mentions Habitat. [07:10] Description of MW’s French language. Remarks on eating garlic. [10:14] Story about becoming a vegetarian, mentions Clio’s macrobiotic diet, remarks on eating fish. [13:39] MW’s interest in the use of pots and the role of the potter in society, potters as gift makers. [14:50] Description of collecting antiques and pots, mentions Faience pottery, story about buying an Irish pine dresser, comments on changes in antique fairs, comments on the influence of ‘The World of Interiors’ and ‘Country Living’ magazines, mentions not having a television. [21:10] Comments on minimalist pottery, Edmund de Waal, Gilda Westerman. [22:26] Long description of visiting Hungary, mentions Maria Kresz, Ceramic Review, Socialism, working in a pottery in Karcag, respect for potters, Hungarian Ceramic Foundation, Hungarian pottery. Comments on MW’s derivative pottery and forming her own style, mentions Emmanuel Cooper [EC]. Comments on changes in Hungary. [35:10] Description of MW seeing the world through history, folk museums. Remarks on contemporary society being out of touch with the seasons. [37:05] Long description of MW’s children: Clio, involvement with drugs then Guru Maharaji, studying the Martha Graham dance technique, Clio’s children, painting and dance. [44:10] Description of Claudia, boyfriends, husband who works for Rank Xerox, home in a windmill, conformist lifestyle. [48:00] Comments on MW swearing. [48:50] Description of Hugo, dyslexia, boarding at Monkton Wylde School, Dorset, move to Belgium, carpentry business, remarks on his artistic eye. Comments on Clio’s similarity to MW. [54:07] Comments on MW working long hours to make a living, mentions Paul Young. Remarks on MW no longer making low-profit making pots. [58:15] Comments on having little contact with other potters, mentions Clive Bowen and Niek Hoogland. MW’s involvement with the CPA (Craftsmen Potter’s Association). Remarks on MW rebelling against Leach pottery, comments on not being interested in the technical side of firing the kiln. [01:03:03] Description of EC. Remarks on MW’s reading habits, mentions the library. Mentions ‘Ceramic Review’. Comments on being an outsider. Remarks on the need to do something creative each day.

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