Irene Mary BROWNE
An artist active in London between 1906 and 1943. She learned drawing and modelling in a number of different institutions in the London area. Specifically, she studied modelling under Charles Hartwell at Chelsea Polytechnic (1906-1911). During her training she obtained a number of commendations and prizes for her drawings and figures. She produced plaster and bronze figures and portraits and exhibited from time to time at the Royal Academy. She took up pottery in 1919, which she learned at the Putney School of Art. Within the year she was successfully producing ‘stoneware statuettes’ that were fired at the Fulham pottery and in 1927 she bought her own electric kiln. She was an elected member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Engravers and the Royal Society of Women Artists. She seems to have specialised in mainly female subjects and is noted in reviews of the period. Her model of the Singhalese Potter in the Aberystwyth collection is an interesting example of this genre showing an awareness of the role of women as potters.