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Casson

Sir Hugh (Maxwell). 1910--99, British architect; president of the Royal Academy of Arts (1976--84)
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Cassons, which has become the 60th office within the growing group, has around 3,000 clients.
Les Nutter, managing partner at Cassons, said joining Baldwins will enable the business to continue to grow and develop as it has done throughout its history.
"We are always looking at areas where we can expand and Cassons has built an impressive and varied client base," he said.
"We are looking forward to working with Cassons to help the business and their clients identify growth opportunities moving forward."
Given the evidence of the texts themselves, the main formative influences on Casson's thinking about pottery were Michael Cardew, Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach.
Despite receiving formal training in ceramics at Hornsey, the course was so closely geared to producing designers for industry that Casson's education in studio pottery was necessarily auto-didactic.
It provided a useful summary of his philosophy at this time and mapped out ideas and attitudes that fascinated Casson. Unlike the other arts, Cardew claimed, the potter's work is 99 percent predetermined by methods and materials.
With these thoughts in mind Casson left Hornsey in 1952 and set up his first workshop at 55 Marchmont Street, Russell Square, London.
After a period teaching part-time, Casson's career in education advanced significantly in 1963 when he co-founded with Margrie the pioneering Harrow School of Art Diploma in Studio Pottery.
In the mid-1960s Casson's leading position within higher-education and his central role in the ever-expanding Craft Potters Association made him an ideal candidate to survey the range of studio pottery then being produced in Britain.