My Father, who was a sculptor and woodcarver, had a studio in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and introduced me to an appreciation of clay and its versatility. The work I am producing now is the culmination of many years of study and a love of the craft. The period spent working with Bernard and Janet Leach in St. Ives has been a major influence on my work. Thanks to their encouragement and instruction, a vast amount of information about clays, glazes, firing of kilns and ceramic history was made available to me. There are so many aspects of the craft, ranging from the wonderful discipline of throwing a good pot to the construction of slab work and sculptural pieces. My glazes are simple and are researched from sources such as the Victoria and Albert and Fitzwilliam museums. At the age of Eighty four I still find a great pleasure in spending a few hours every day in my studio, ever humiliated by the enormous presence and challenge of a material which has been a constant companion and friend to Man over the ages. Electric fired stoneware and porcelain.
St. Ives Ceramics The Glass house, Penzance and Truro
The Waterside St. Ives
The Adrian Brough Pottery showroom Lelant Cornwall
Electric kiln, stoneware and porcelain decorated with my own glazes over wax resist and a number of different techniques.
Alan Brough studied at Manchester school of art until being called up for Naval service at the end of 1942. He took intermediate and national diplomas in art at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts and upon leaving set up a studio at Sidmouth Street in London and supplied London stores such as Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Primavera and Anchells off the Kings road. In 1959 he left London and established a workshop in Brixham, Devon, supplying galleries and shops. He also worked for Dartmouth pottery as a designer. Ever searching for improvement and knowledge in his craft, he went to work at the Leach pottery in St. Ives in the late 1960ís before opening his own pottery in Newlyn, Cornwall making a well received range of stoneware standard ware as well as individual pieces. He now has a studio in Cornwall and is making pots in stoneware and porcelain and has exhibited in France, Norway and Sweden. His work is in collections internationally.
Primavera, Anschells, Scribes cellars, Baliol College Oxford, Bill toop gallery, Cornwall Crafts Association, Penlee house Gallery Penzance, Newlyn Orion Gallery, Leach Pottery showrooms, Katrinaholm Sweden, Sandvollan Sweden, Beaux arts Epinay Paris, Gallerie Aderts, Cannes, Out of the Bue Marazion.