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Eileen Lewenstein

(British 1925-2005)

Eileen Lewenstein initially studied painting, and taught painting and drawing at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts and Derby High School for Girls, at which time she began taking ceramics classes in the evening taught by RJ Washington. In 1948 she co-founded Briglin Pottery in London, and left in 1959 to pursue her individual making. In 1975 she moved to East Sussex, and much of her later works took inspiration from that landscape. Her ceramic output was varied, working in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware, ranging from modernist-inspired works, tin-glazed earthenware at Briglin Potttery, to her hand-built sculptural forms and a series of press-moulded plates with wave decoration.

She is perhaps best known for co-founding the Ceramic Review alongside Emmanuel Cooper in 1970, with whom she also co-wrote ‘New Ceramics’ in 1974.

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A blue porcelain small pot made by Eileen Lewenstein in circa 1980 sold at auction by Maak Contemporary Ceramics

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