My life has been enriched by briefly having met Ray in 1974 when I was training at Bromsgrove to be a teacher (Pottery was one of my activities). I use one of his teapots every day (and the cups and saucers on and off !). I started with some of ‘Trudie’s (Appin) plates’ back then. I have been inspired by Ray’s life of Christian artistic integrity and the working values of Winchcombe pottery. I remember visiting about 7 yrs ago and seeing an invitation poster ‘to Ray’s 90th – all are welcome!’. When, as a student, I asked about where one might find sound workshop experience in the 70′s, my wonderful ceramics tutor Terry Shone said straightaway ‘Ray finch, Winchcombe ! ‘. Such was he esteemed by discerning potters and teachers. Later when I attended Kent Potter John Solly’s evening classes, I learnt more about the ongoing activities of Ray Finch as John reported on Winchcombe reunions (as an ex-Winchcombe potter himself), celebrations including the launch of books about Ray and Winchcombe etc. Ray’s values and inspiration live on with me in his pots.