The Wrens are out and the songbirds are singing in Cobham. Elmbridge Museum's latest exhibition, the second in their new display case at Cobham Library, displays works by the Wren family - Denise, Henry and Rosemary - who all lived and worked in Oxshott.
There are many who go into the family business - the Barrymores, the Redknapps and the Sinatras spring to mind - but there is another family slightly fewer people have heard of that had a lasting impact on the world of pottery. Denise and Henry Wren set up their pottery, Oxshott Pottery, in 1920. Their daughter, Rosemary, was born there in 1922 and swiftly learned the tricks of her parents' craft.
However, rather than throwing clay on a wheel, Rosemary learned to pinch hollow animals manually. Her glazed clay creatures adorn museum collections across the country, and Elmbridge Museum is lucky enough to have a few in its collection!
'The Wrens of Oxshott' displays works by Denise, makes links between her work and that of her daughter, Rosemary, as well as displaying tools that both potters used.
This is the first time that Elmbridge Museum's Wren collection has been displayed in its entirety so it is one not to miss. It also goes a short way to show that nepotism isn't always a bad thing.