Estella Campavias (1918-1990)

Estella Campavias was a cosmopolitan. Of Spanish origin, brought up in Turkey, she lived the mundane life of a diplomat's wife in several countries before turning to art seriously 50 years ago, first as a ceramicist. With little formal training — and disregarding much of that — she soon achieved international fame for her highly individual and technically fascinating ceramics, as the list of collections and exhibitions shows.

Later - now living in a small English village and working in an 11th Century crypt - Estella Campavias had turned to sculpture (with as little formal training as before) and, through her instinctive affinity between spirit, hand and clay, was fast becoming recognised as a sculptor of major international stature.