Collection Blog

New Acquisition | Richard Batterham’s Studio Pottery

February 27, 2024

“The main work is not to make pots, but allow them to come, to allow them to grow, to allow them to be alive.” – Richard Batterham (1981)

Richard Batterham (1936 – 2021) produced a wide range of studio pottery exploring different forms including teapots, bowls, jugs, beer jars, caddies and bottles. He made each one in his own distinctive style, creating pottery which was beautiful, functional and informed by everyday need.

In 2022, Dorset Museum & Art Gallery acquired over fifty examples of his work – representative of the various designs, sizes and colours of studio pottery that he made in Dorset between 1970 and 2012. They were acquired from the Estate of Richard Batterham through the Arts Council England Acceptance in Lieu scheme that allows those who have a bill to Inheritance Tax (or one of its earlier forms) to pay the tax by transferring important cultural, scientific or historic objects and archives to the nation for the enjoyment of all via public museums, archives or libraries.

This acquisition showcases a selection of Richard’s favourite pots from his collection and fills an important gap in the Museum’s ceramic and craft collections. Many pieces of the collection bear his distinctive techniques including faceting, fluting, ribbing, incising and chattering. They feature soft natural colours and tones from the glazes he used including wood ash, salt, iron and manganese glazes.

The collection has now been accessioned and we have started cataloguing and photographing the pieces. Examples of the pottery can be viewed through the glass frontage of the Collections Discovery Centre, and we are exploring ways to exhibit parts of the collection in the permanent galleries in the future.

To discover more about what goes on behind the scenes in the Collections Discovery Centre, why not book into one of our tours? View our What’s On page to see when our next tour is scheduled and to book your place.

Special Exhibition

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within

Experience the inner world of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in a major new exhibition exploring her artistic and personal life in Dorset. Showcasing over 80  sculptures, drawings and prints, this exhibition will explore her artistic process, personal life, and the influences that shaped her work.

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Community Exhibition

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Awakened by Frink

Awakened by Frink is a community exhibition of artwork by members of the Deaf community created during a series of workshops at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery.

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Temporary Display

3 February - 30 May 2024

John Brown in Dorchester: Rebuilding a Life after slavery

Discover the little-known story of John Brown, in this new showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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FULLY BOOKED

17 April 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Collections Discovery Centre Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.

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Storytelling

18 April 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Lecture

18 April 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Traditions and Transitions: The Story of the Chettle Grave Group | Sophia Adams

A locally made wine strainer, an old mirror and a blue glass jar perhaps from Cologne. These are just three of the eight artefacts found in 2003, buried together on land within Chettle Park, Dorset.

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Dorset Museum Music Society

24 April 2024, 7:30pm

Yuanfan Yang, Pianist

Pianist and composer Yuanfan Yang, born in Edinburgh, is a First-Class Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. He has won numerous prizes at international piano competitions and has performed with prestigious orchestras worldwide. Yuanfan is also an accomplished composer, winning awards for his compositions. His debut album "Watercolour" received critical acclaim.

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Storytelling

2 May 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Storytelling

16 May 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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