Alan Brough (1924 - 2012)Image Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Cornwall, UK, .
Telephone: +44(0)1736 366605
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Availability: We were sorry to hear that Alan died, age 88 in June this year (2012)
Joined on: 2008-05-20
Last Updated: 2012-12-19

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

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.

Current Work

Current Work

St. Ives Ceramics The Glass house, Penzance and Truro
The Waterside St. Ives
The Adrian Brough Pottery showroom Lelant Cornwall

Technical Information

Technical Information

Electric kiln, stoneware and porcelain decorated with my own glazes over wax resist and a number of different techniques.

Background History

Background History

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.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

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.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Porcelain
Bone China