HAGGAR, Reginald George

1905 - 1988

Born at Ipswich on 25 December 1905, second son of Ernest Edward Haggar, flour miller & merchant’s clerk, and his wife Jane Thirza née Kidby, who married at Little Bealings, Suffolk in 1900. In 1911, living at 11 Bramford Road, Ipswich with his parents, 34 year old Ernest, born Ipswich and 35 year old Jane, born Bealings and his 8 year old brother Arthur Lewis, born Ipswich. Educated at St Matthew's Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Ipswich and was a florist's errand boy before studying at Ipswich School of Art 1920-1926 and Royal College of Art 1926-1929. Water colour painter and a significant British ceramic designer and in 1929 became assistant designer at Mintons pottery at Stoke-on-Trent, becoming art director six months later, a post he held until 1934. Working in water colours and ceramics, his designs reflected both the radical and lyrical elements of the Art Deco style. A member of Ipswich Art Club 1925-1958 but exhibiting from 27 Rendlesham Road, Ipswich in 1923 a pen & ink 'Ipswich, The Town Hall' and a pencil 'Orford Castle' in 1927 six works including 'Paola and Francesca', 'The Young Bird Fancier', a wash-colour 'In Shady Vale, Belstead', an etching 'The Golden Lion Inn, Ipswich' and two watercolours 'The Old Graveyard, Helmingham' and 'Evensong', in 1943 had six works on display 'Morston Church, Norfolk', Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk', 'Bird's Eye View of Snnen Cove', 'Blakeney Creek', 'Blakeney across the Marshes' and 'Twiligh, the Little Fishing Fleet' and in 1944 a further three 'Seighford, Staffordshire', 'Handford and Distant View of Newcastle' and 'Stone, Staffordshire'. Head of Stoke Art School 1935-1941 holding a similar position at Burslem School of Art until 1945. He painted many pictures of the north Staffordshire area and was heavily involved with the Society of Staffordshire Artists and the Northern Ceramic Society and a member of the Royal Intitute of Painters in Water Colour and an associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He exhibited at Manchester City Art Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Scottish Academy from Stoke on Trent. In 1943 he exhibited at Tibbenham's Gallery, Brook Street, Ipswich 'Sennen Cove and Whitesand Bay' and 'Dartmouth', which were both also exhibited at the Royal Academy. He published many books on pottery and the potteries including: ‘English Pottery Figures 1660-1860’; 'English Country Potters'; 'The Masons of Lane Delph'; 'A Century of Art Education in the Potteries'; 'Staffordshire Chimney Ornaments' and 'The Concise Encyclopedia of Continental Pottery and Porcelain'. He married at Stone, Staffordshire in 1932, Dorothy Frances Wood (25 July 1904-1987) and in 1939, a designer of pottery & tiles, living at 'Ronson', Stone Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire with his wife Dorothy, they had two sons, both born in Ipswich Derrick in 1934 and Colin in 1939. Reginald died at Wetley Abbey Nursing Home, Leek, Staffordshire on 4 December 1988.




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