North Oxford property is home to potting studio with rich history
Date of Article
Dec 20 2011

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An attractive four bedroom home in one of Oxford’s most sought after neighbourhoods comes complete with its own professional potting studio and a rich artistic history.

Situated just a stone’s throw from the thriving shops and restaurants of Summertown, 12 Squitchey Lane, the property was the home of one of the country’s finest potters, Betty Blandino, who sculpted many of her renowned coiled pots in the large studio attached to the house.

Built in the mid to late 1930s the property has spacious front and rear gardens.  While the house itself needs updating it retains several original features including a sitting room with an attractive curved bay window and seat, and a large entrance hall with an oak floor and oak panelled staircase.

In addition to the sitting room the ground floor also contains a sizeable dining room, leading on to a conservatory, while the joint kitchen/breakfast room is particularly spacious and provides access to a recently installed ground floor shower room with WC, as well as two store rooms.

The 15’12” x 6’9” pottery studio is accessed from the store rooms. From here Betty Blandino sculpted many pieces and her works can be found exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as well as in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.

Also on the ground floor of the house is an integral garage which could be converted into additional living accommodation quite simply.

Born in London in 1927 Betty Blandino started her pottery career in 1973 and moved to Oxford with her husband Professor G.O. Jones CBE in the mid 1980s. As well as creating pottery she also authored a number of books on the subject.

Professor Jones, a former physicist and director of the National Museum of Wales, was awarded the CBE for his distinguished service to Wales.

12 Squitchey Lane is on the market for £850,000.  To arrange a viewing contact Mark Charter at Carter Jonas on 01856 511444