Ruth Bare (1880-1962)

round two-handled vase decorated with two women's faces

Ruth Bare started work at sixteen in the Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead. The Pottery was part of the British Arts and Crafts movement, so founder Harold Rathbone encouraged the creation of individually hand-made pots, using traditional skills and methods. 

Ruth trained in the evenings at the Liverpool Art School and showed her paintings at the Walker Art Gallery. She became one of the Della Robbia Pottery’s best designers. This vase shows her imaginative approach and use of the art nouveau style she studied in her art classes.

This vase, which is not currently on display, is from the Decorative Art collection at the Walker Art Gallery.

  • Earthenware vase
  • Ruth Bare for the Della Robbia Pottery, Birkenhead, 1903
  • Accession number WAG 2009.9