Ursula Mommens

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Ursula Mommens
Ursula Mommens at work.jpg
Ursula Mommens at work, c. 1950
Born Ursula Frances Elinor Darwin
(1908-08-20)20 August 1908
Died 30 January 2010(2010-01-30) (aged 101)
Nationality English
Education Royal College of Art
Known for Pottery
Spouse(s) Julian Trevelyan
Norman Mommens

Ursula Frances Elinor Mommens (née Darwin, first married name Trevelyan) (20 August 1908 – 30 January 2010)[1][2] was an English potter. Mommens studied at the Royal College of Art, under William Staite Murray, and later worked with Michael Cardew at Winchcombe Pottery and Wenford Bridge Pottery.[3]

She was the daughter of Bernard Darwin and his wife the engraver Elinor Monsell. Her brother was Sir Robert Vere Darwin. She was the great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin and the great-great-granddaughter of the potter Josiah Wedgwood.[4]

She married first Julian Trevelyan; their son is the film-maker Philip Trevelyan. Her second husband was Norman Mommens.

Mommens lived and worked in South Heighton, East Sussex,[5] making both wood and gas-fired functional stoneware using a clay body she developed herself with ash glazes.[6] She lived to the age of 101.


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