A few kind people from the UK posted this excerpt from the 1965 film ‘Isaac Button: Country Potter‘, directed by John Anderson and Robert Fournier .
The last time I saw this film (and it had no soundtrack at the time) was at that wonderful Fusion clay conference in Ottawa I had mentioned a few posts ago. We were very fortunate that conference to have John Leach not only as our presenter, but for his wonderful narration of this silent film, talking about Mr Buttons and his pottery, as well as fielding questions.
Isaac Buttons was one of the last in a long tradition of country potters. It is said that he could throw a ton of clay in a day, and gauging from his systematic and efficient way of throwing (a pot in 22 seconds), and the scale of some of his pots, that is certainly not inconcievable.
I would love to have a copy of this film in its entirety to add to my collection, but I have yet to find it for sale. I’m forever hopeful that it will come up one of these days!