Conrad DRESSLER 1856–1940
Sculptor, potter and art worker. Born 22 May 1856 in London, of German descent. Studied at the R.C.A. under Lantéri and Boehm and in France. Stayed with Ruskin at Coniston 1886. Member of the Art Workers' Guild 1891–1918. Set up a foundry in Chelsea and carried out cire-perdue casting; met William De Morgan, who fired some of his early works. Worked as a potter in Birkenhead with Harold Rathbone 1893–5, then set up his own kiln with R. W. Hudson at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, and made tiles. Inventor of the tunnel kiln. Exhibited at the R.A. 1883–1907; F.R.B.S. 1905–20; then went to live in Paris and the United States. Died 3 August 1940 at Saint-Brévin l'Océan, Loire, France.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I