West Hoathly Cricket Ground and Langridge Farm shows a cricket match on Hook Lane Recreation Ground, West Hoathly in 1954. The farm can be seen in the background with the South Downs in the distance. This view remains virtually unchanged.
Thelma Ullmann and her husband Richard moved to Knaves Acre in West Hoathly just before the First World War. Thelma shared her studio with Richard, who had taken up pottery as a hobby in 1964 but Richard had really come to West Hoathly to write. He had four novels published but struggled to make a living from his writing so the Ullmanns started a chicken farm in their garden, supplying birds to local butchers. When an outbreak of fowl pest closed the chicken farm in 1971 they opened West Hoathly Pottery.
Although Richard was almost entirely self taught the pottery became a success, selling pieces world wide, particularly in America and Japan. Their ‘leopard glaze’ became particularly popular, even though the recipe was arrived at purely by accident. John Paul Jones, bass player with Led Zeppelin, was a fan and owned several pieces. The pottery became so successful that Thelma gave up painting to run the business.
Where to see this painting?
North Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex, England, RH19 4PP
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