Throughout his life, Bob would continue to explore materials and themes, but always coming back to the pots as a vessel.
Born in London
1930 - 1933
Goldsmiths' College School of Art, London (painting).
1933 - 1936
Royal College of Art, London (painting).
1936 - 1937
Goldsmiths and Royal College of Art, Art Teachers Diploma.
1937 - 1938
Royal College of Art, pottery (under William Staite Murray); also evening classses at Central School of Art (under Dora Billington).
1938 - 1946
Derby School of Art, teaching pottery and painting. Used facilities of Shenstone Pipe Works and Joseph Bourne, Derby, 1938 - 1940.
1940 - 1946
War Service, RAF.
1946 - 1948
Deputy principal, Thanet School of Art.
1948 - 1949
Principal, Dewsbury School of Art.
1949 - 1979
Inspector for Art Education, Essex County Council Education Committee.
Returned to full-time potting.
Throwing two hundred pots upon retirement after thirty years as Her Majesty's Inspector for Art Education with Essex Education Committee"
17 November 1997
Enter the Gallery
And strange to tell among that Earthen Lot
Some could articulate, while others not:
And suddenly only more impatient cried -
"Who is the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?"
'This space is hardly describable as an exhibition because there is too much in it - I use it
to set out the work chronologically to see where I have been, what now and where next.'
R J Washington (1994)