Tributes to popular Norwich potter Robin Dauncey
PUBLISHED: 16:32 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 24 May 2017
Tributes have been paid to a popular craftsman known affectionately as the Norwich Potter.
Robin Dauncey, 70, from St Benedicts Street in Norwich was just about to open a new pottery business below his home but died a month after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The Essex-born father-of-four had a long-term partner and four grandchildren.
He had been producing handmade pottery for more than 30 years in Norwich after working as a civil engineer on Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction and briefly for the Norfolk County Council road construction unit.
The potter had shops on Elm Hill, which has closed, and Swan Yard off King Street, which closed last year in preparation for the move to St Benedict’s Street.
His son, Joe Dauncey, 40, from Hampshire, said: “He became disillusioned with civil engineering and wanted to do something more fulfilling. He was a character and was incredibly social. It would take him forever to walk from his home to King Street because everyone would stop and talk to him. He was a big believer in community and small businesses.”
The 40-year-old described his father as someone who loved family, adventure, experiencing different cultures, and Norwich amateur dramatics.
Mr Dauncey added: “He was very opinionated and broad-minded so loved exploring different countries. He wasn’t judgemental.
“My father was always busy in the day and was very handy and was always fixing or tweaking something. We never lived in a house that was completely finished.”
The artist was inspired by Japanese design and his creations were sold across the world and Britain as well as to individuals and businesses in Norwich, including the Waffle House on St Giles Street.
He made bowls, plates, cups and saucers, not to make a profit, but because he enjoyed it, according to his son.
Ben Rogers, co-owner of the Waffle House, said: “His rare skills and wonderfully calm personality will be sorely missed. He was such a popular man and a real asset to the local community.”
Jonty Young, from Norwich Lanes Association, said: “Everyone loved his work. He was a very nice man and will be sadly missed.”