Welcome - This is a Social Enterprise Business It aims to help potters and ceramic artists to become better known, to sell their work, to fill their courses and to provide a window into this fantastic world of 3D art!

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Work for Sale

Ceramics by Catherine Portal at Studiopottery.co.uk

Catherine Portal

Ceramics by Rob Bibby at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rob Bibby

Upcoming events

Peter Cosentino - Ceramic Art at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre 7th December 2014 new work from Peter Cosentino
Matthew Blakely - Open studio in Cambridge at 9 Abbey Lane 6th - 7th December 2014 Open studio - chance to meet Matthew Blakely at his workshop and buy new work.
Farnham Maltings - Two day Christmas Fair at Farnham Maltings, The 9th December 2014 - 7th December 2014 Mixed fair -150 stands
Christmas Cabinet of Curiosities with ceramic art at Porthminster Gallery 29th November to 10th January, 2015 Mixed show which includes ceramics from Geoff Swindell and Sun Kim

Recently added Courses

Glaze making and surface explorations: Jim Robison - 24th - 29th May 2015
Informative lectures followed by practical experience of mixing raw materials into slips and glazes.
Bethan Jones - Regular Weekly workshops - 11th October 2014 - 29th May 2015
Bethan teaches regular weekly workshops, as well as Saturday mornings.
Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 18th October 2014 - 29th May 2015
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop
Plaster Model/Mould Making For Slip Cast Ceramics with Ed Bentley - 22nd - 24th April 2015
These three day residential courses help craft potters, students or anyone wishing to develop their skills in plaster mould making for slip-cast ceramics.   All are welcome to attend, regardless of current skill level and background. 

Perfect Pairings: Painters and Potters – New Ashgate Gallery – 14 October -19 November 2011

This is  an exhibition of work made by painters and potters – inspired by each other. The exhibiting artists are: John Maltby  & Vicki Nigoumi, Linda Bloomfield & Sarah Spackman, Jenny Grevatte & John Wright, Tim Burns inspired by Lisa Hammond and Emily Feaver inspired by Gareth Mason

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John Maltby – Brief Biography

 

Born in Lincolnshire, England, 1936. Studied sculpture at Leicester and Goldsmiths College, London. Taught painting and sculpture for two and a half years before working with David Leach at Bovey Tracey in 1962. In 1964 he started his own pottery at Stoneshill, Devonshire, England, making stoneware, earthenware and porcelain.

 

He has lectured widely in England and has been a frequent visiting lecturer at Bergen Kunsthandverksskole, Norway. In May 1987 he was the sole judge of the International Pottery Competition (Fletcher Challenge Award) in Auckland, New Zealand. July 1987 he conducted a Seminar in Berne, Switzerland, “Creativity Developing a Personal Style” which was repeated in Basle in 1988. In 1989 he was invited by Galerie Handwerk, Munich, to give a lecture and open the exhibtiion English Ceramics. He has also published articles in Ceramic Review (nos. 29, 78, 102) and Crafts (no. 80: ‘The Leach Tradition’).

 

Awards include: 1966 Craft Award, Gwen Mullins Trust; 1975 Gold Medal, Faenza, International Exhibitions of Contemporary Ceramics, Italy.; 1981 Craft Award, South West Arts.; 1986 Major Craft Fellowship, South West Arts

 

He is a member of the Craftsman Potters Assosication of Great Britain, and the British Crafts Centre and is an advisor to the Leach Archive at the Holbourne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, England.

 

Statement

 

Normally my ceramics are ‘about’, English landscape and architecture: they derive their forms and surfaces from a subconscious sense of our history – ‘this sea-washed country where the air is never quite free from mist; where the light of the sun is more often pale and pearly than it is fiery. This atmosphere has sunk into our souls. It has affected our art as it affects our life – but it has not resulted in a congenital softness of vision’ (Quotation from John Piper, ‘British Romantic Artists, 1943).

 

Works from the ‘Kings, Queens and Angels: Such titles are the very fabric of our English Heritage. They are timeless and yet are a microcosm of our own world. They are ancient players; symbols of our dignity and of our fallibility and they are the myths and the essence of our Englishness.

 

Bernard Leach: He became infatuated the imagination of Bernard Leach and his philosophy with its strong emphasis on traditional (oriental) craft skills and made individual stoneware ceramics within this tradition for a number of years.

 

In 1996 due to ill health, John Maltby was unable to continue in his established direction and was forced, for a while, to make small individual objects on the kitchen table! John found these small sculptures so much more interesting and continues to make them.

 

“In this new work, the flexibility of idea and image can be explored more freely. Constraints of function are no longer present and I feel newly liberated from some of the limitatons of the ceramic tradition; but I hope that those skills of the ‘Leach’ tradition (so hard won!) can be assimilated into and contribute to the vitality of the work.

 

 

 

 


Posted on August 27 2011 under News.