Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week
Sydney Richard Sanders, pottery modeller and designer
Sydney Richard Sanders - a prolific modeller and designer
photo was taken at the corner of The Avenue and Ashlands Avenue in Hartshill (Harpfields)
letterhead of S R Sanders (late with Septimus Bennett)
Richard Sanders was based in Stoke-on-Trent. He was a very
prolific modeller and designer during his career. He qualified
at art college in 1904, and was then apprenticed to Septimus Bennett,
brother of the author Arnold Bennett.
Following his apprenticeship he set up his own business and then the First World War came along. He was gone for most of the war in North Africa. When he returned from the war he decided to work for a large company as he predicted a downturn in the economy, and hence there were risks to being self employed.
Sydney Sanders then went to work for Harold Taylor Robinson at the Cauldon Group straight after the war. He designed for various companies within the group including Robinson and Leadbetter and Arkinstall and Sons as well as Cauldon China.
He travelled frequently during the 20s with H. T. Robinson to get commisions from large retailers such as Burley and Co in Chicago.
From 1925 onwards most of Sanders designs were for Coalport. During his time at Coalport he designed numerous pieces, including many of the Coalport figurines of that period.
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Harold Taylor Robinson (the boss of the Cauldon Group) is presenting a group of Mayors with a Cauldon China Service Plate
at the Presentation of the Banqueting Service. Sydney Sanders designed and made the plates.
Kings Hall in Stoke in 1931