CASSON was a most gifted
potter and a great ambassador for studio pottery, he was instrumental
in creating what became one of the leading courses for pottery at
Harrow in the mid 70's.
In addition to being a fine potter, Casson worked diligently to
nurture the burgeoning studio pottery movement. He was an active
supporter of the Crafts Centre of Great Britain (now Contemporary
Applied Arts) and in the late 1950s was one of the founding potters
of the Craftsmen Potters Association (now Craft Potters Association),
a co-operative that acquired a shop and gallery in central London
in 1958. Working with its honorary secretary, David Canter, Casson
helped put the CPA on a sound, democratic footing, serving on its
Council as both member and chair. With the setting up of the Crafts
Advisory Committee (now Crafts Council) in the early 1970s, Casson
became involved in running committees, giving sound, sensible advice
and helping to steer the new body with insight and understanding.
Casson was an able communicator. In the early 1960s, with Victor
Margrie, he was one of the initiators of the Harrow Studio Pottery
Course (now part of Westminster University). They recruited Colin
Pearson, a professional potter who had trained in workshops rather
than art school, to help meet the growing needs of students wanting
a sound, practical training before setting up their own workshops.
The course proved a huge success, graduating students including
leading potters such as Janice Tchalenko and Jane Hamlyn.
He conducted and coordinated countless workshops and demonstrations,
reaching his largest audience in 1976 with his BBC-TV series The
Craft Of The Potter. He served as a member, and as vice chairman
(1986-88), of the Crafts Council, and participated in its craftsman's