English earthenware figure of seated mother with two children, titled ‘Whither?’ by William Ruscoe


William Ruscoe (1904-1990)
An earthenware slip-cast sculpture with Mother & two children, shown seated on a tall plinth.
Inscribed lower front ‘Wither?’ and signed,
mid 20th century

H: 28.5cm
excellent condition

William Ruscoe 1904-1990, was born in 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.




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