Robin Welch – 65 Years in the Making
Exhibition Preview:Â Wednesday 1st November, 6.00 to 8.00pm;Â When looking back over his 65 years as a potter, itâ€™s difficult for Robin to pinpoint the exact inspiration behind his latest series of work. He gives a very typical Robin Welch answer: â€śA bit of this, a bit of thatâ€ť.Â His modest response glosses over the fact that despite being one of the UK’s most highly respected contemporary potters, he is still able to surprise. Â Robinâ€™s abstract visual style remains continually experimental and highly individual, and his enduring skill as a painter can be seen clearly in the surface texture, colour and line of pieces that reflect the intense hues of a Rothko.
The sheer physicality of the job â€“ throwing the clay and building the slabs â€“ has become more difficult over the last seven decades, but that has not impacted the quantity and quality of Robinâ€™s output. At 81 years old, he still walks over to his studio every morning and puts in an eight hour shift. What urges him on is the idea of the untried: the inexhaustible, yet to be explored combinations of shape, colour and texture that are possible with clay and slip. He strives to make his constantly-evolving work experimental and bold, always hoping to provoke a strong emotion in the viewer.
“This year marks my 65th year as an active artist, so it seems necessary that this exhibition should include a whole variety of my ceramic styles. I have absorbed a wide range of influences over the years, from the Australian landscape for colour and texture, to totally abstract creations relating to artists such as Rothko, Klein, Motherwell, and the Cornish painters. During my domestic ware period, I looked to the Arabia Pottery (in Finland) and the techniques of jigger and jolly . I thank the CPA for the honorary fellow membership theyâ€™ve awarded me, and hope all will enjoy my workâ€ť
The exhibition will include approximately 30 small pieces and 15 larger ones. Five or six very large pieces are drawn from his archive of work covering the last couple of decades, and are of a size rarely seen at Robinâ€™s exhibitions
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