Painter and artist in ceramics
William Ruscoe 1904–1990|
William Ruscoe was born at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England on June 20th 1904, the son of William Ruscoe, potter. After studying art at Stoke-on-Trent under Gordon M. Forsyth he worked as an assistant at Burslem School of Art (1938–1942), serving as tutor in the practical side of pottery at the Royal College of Art, London (1939–1940). He then became master-in-charge at Stoke School of Art (1942–1944). He married Olga Stanley Harris and the couple moved to Devon in 1944, where Ruscoe took up a post as assistant master under William Green, A.R.C.A. at the Exeter School of Art to teach drawing and painting and to set up the Ceramics Department. He worked at the college for twenty-five years until his retirement in 1969.
Inspired by salt-glazed stoneware pew groups of the eighteenth century, he brought the art of making rolled clay figures to a new level of skill and subtlety. His keen interest in glazing techniques led to the creation of some wonderful and colourful finishes to his pottery.
He died at Exeter on September 11th, 1990.
Publications by William Ruscoe
English Porcelain Figures, 1744 to 1848, John A. Tiranti Ltd., London, 1947
A Manual for the Potter, Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, 1948, 1963, other editions: Transatlantic Arts, 1948, Charles T. Banford, Newton Abbot, 1959, Academy Editions/St Martins Press, 1973, 1978
Glazes for the Potter, Academy Editions/St Martins Press, 1974
Sculpture for the Potter, Academy Editions/St Martins Press, 1975
Exhibitions featuring works by William Ruscoe (not yet complete)
Work in public collections
Work in private collections