A Celebration of Pan Henry
|Pan Henry shop manager, 1970|
Tributes to Pan Henry (1919 - 2014)
During her thirteen years as manager of the Craftsmen Potters’ Shop Pan was instrumental in supporting and influencing the careers of many of today's well known makers. Pan's enthusiasm and commitment to the shop and the potters is remembered through the many tributes featured here.
|Pan Henry and David Canter in the Craftsmen Potters Shop, 3 Lowndes Court|
I knew Pan for at least 55 years, there was nobody quite like Pan. She was so warm, vivacious, enthusiastic and encouraging and always pleased to see you, and she gave everyone such a great welcome when visiting the shop.
I met Pan when I first delivered work to the CPA in Marshall Street. Being Mick Casson’s sister and sharing his love of pottery, always made it good to meet her. She was full of enthusiasm about the pots in the Gallery and was always keen to show me the latest arrival of work from other potters.
I remember her with great affection. In the early ‘70s she always greeted me with a smile when I delivered a new work to the CPA, which she organised so well. I met her at Hatfield in Art in Clay again this year, with the same smile, even after 40 years had passed.
I met Pan at the very beginning of my career at the Casson Gallery, where she stocked my work. She was always positive, helpful and cheerful and ready to offer advice.
Twice, when I thought I would have to give up and get a proper job, I rang her and asked if she needed more work. She said no, but sensing my disappointment she probed me for my reasons for ringing. When she heard I was at a cliff edge she said "of course I will buy some work" and bought just enough to see me through. I will never forget this kindness. It genuinely saved me from giving up.
She was one of the true trailblazers for the ceramic world we enjoy today and many of us owe her a great debt of gratitude. We will miss her.
|Outside Lowndes Court during a Ray Finch stoneware exhibition, 1960 l-r Anita Hoy, Ray Finch, Eileen Lewenstein, Pan Henry|
|Pan Henry holding an admired stoneware pot (photo - CPA Archive)|
|Pan playing chess (Photo - CPA Archive)|
|Pan Henry posing in the first CPA shop in Lowndes Court (photo. CPA Archive)|
40 or more years ago, Pan asked me to show my work in her gallery, she helped and advised me on what to make, she had such a good eye and knowledge of ceramics , and was always available to support and encourage young and very green makers, myself included.
|The first manager with the current manager, Pan Henry and Marta Donaghey at Through 50 in 2012. Celebrating 50 years of the CPA at the opening of the CPA shop's move to 63 Great Russell Street. |