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 Charles Fergus “Daddy Binns” Binns

Charles Fergus “Daddy Binns” Binns

Birth
Worcestershire, England
Death 4 Dec 1934 (aged 76–77)
Alfred, Allegany County, New York, USA
Burial Alfred, Allegany County, New York, USA
Plot 534
Memorial ID 74298035 · View Source
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Charles Fergus BINNS
Birth: 8 NOV or 4 Oct 1857 in Worcester, England
Death: 4 Dec 1934 in NY
Buried: Alfred Rural Cemetery, Allegany County, NY

Or b: 4 Oct 1857; d Alfred, NY, 4 Dec 1934

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Director of New York School of Clay Working and Ceramics, according to the 1931 Kanakadea, published by the Junior Class of Alfred University.

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b Worcester, UK, 4 Oct 1857; d Alfred, NY, 4 Dec 1934). American potter and teacher of English birth. As the son of Richard William Binns (1819-1900), director of the Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. Ltd, he was exposed at an early age to the pottery industry. After holding various positions in the Worcester firm, he resigned. In 1897 he settled in the USA, where he was appointed director of the Technical School of Arts and Sciences in Trenton, NJ, and superintendent of the Ceramic Art Co., also in Trenton. In 1900 he became the first director of the New York College of Clayworking and Ceramics at Alfred University, NY. In this capacity and as a founder-member and officer in the American Ceramic Society, he greatly influenced the development of American ceramics. He frequently contributed articles to Craftsman, Keramic Studio and the Transactions and Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and he was the author of several books. His own technically exquisite stoneware, produced at Alfred, was inspired by early Chinese ceramics and emphasized the interrelationship of classical shape and finely textured glazes. His students included Maija Grotell, Arthur Eugene Baggs and R. Guy Cowan, who became important potters and teachers.

Personal Note: My Mother studied Ceramics under "Daddy Binns" at Alfred University and she related to me that he had once worked at the Wedgewood factory in England before coming to America. Professor Binns was Mother's favorite teacher and she often spoke of how special he was and how much his students admired him. His students called him "Daddy Binns". At one point, Mother and I visited the Wedgewood factory ourselves.
- Z. Tom

Father: Richard William BINNS b: 26 SEP 1819 in Dublin, Ireland
Mother: Elizabeth Frances FERRAR

Married: Mary Howard FERRAR
Married: BEF 1883

Children
1. Mary Elizabeth "Elsie" BINNS b: 16 Apr 1883
2. William Hugh Ferrar BINNS b: 1884
3. Annie H BINNS b: ABT 1885
4. Dorothy N BINNS b: ABT 1886
5. Norah W BINNS b: 1889 (Married: Alexander David Fraser.)


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  • Created by: Zoe Tom
  • Added: 2 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74298035
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Fergus “Daddy Binns” Binns (1857–4 Dec 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74298035, citing Alfred Rural Cemetery, Alfred, Allegany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Zoe Tom (contributor 47000374) .