Geoffrey Whiting

Geoffrey Whiting was born in Northumbria in 1919. He studied architecture in the 1930s and did not take an interest in pottery until he came into contact with village potters in India during the second World War.

In 1949, after his army service, he learnt to pot properly and set up Avoncroft Pottery at Avoncroft, Worcestershire. He moved the pottery to Hampton Lovett, Worcestershire in 1955.

Following a trip to Africa in 1971, he closed the Avoncroft workshop and started St Augustine's Pottery in Canterbury, Kent. Whiting carried on potting there while teaching at Kings School, Canterbury and Medway College of Art and Design.

His stoneware pieces are much admired for their simplicity of design. Examples of his work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other public collections.

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