Ray Finch (1914-2012) was born in Streatham, South London. He visited Michael Cardew at Winchcombe Pottery in 1935 to ask for employment but was advised to aquire basic skills first. And so he studied for a year at Central St. Martins, joining the Winchcombe team in 1936. In 1939 when Cardew moved to Cornwall to establish a new pottery, Finch, by then his partner, took over the Winchcombe Pottery. Although he handed management of the pottery over to his son, Mike, in 1979, he continued working well into his 90s.