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Studio: 31 Balin House, Long Lane, London, UK, SE1 1YQ. View in Google Maps
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Last Updated: 2012-06-12

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I started working with clay in my mid-thirties when I began a two year apprenticeship with the potter Edmund de Waal.  We first met in 1989 when I was working as an actor and I bought some pieces from his studio. I grew to love using and living with his work and when I learned that he was considering taking on an apprentice I wrote to him to make my interest clear…

That is how it all began and following my apprenticeship I have been working from my own studio in South London since 1998. My work is thrown Limoges porcelain and I currently use two glazes - a glossy, black/brown tenmoku (in conjunction with splashes of the black iron oxide, illmenite) and a vivid, pale blue celadon. The work is reduction-fired in my gas kiln to around 1260°C. All the pots are designed for domestic spaces and will do a job if you want them to - function still plays a large role in my work. The range includes cups, beakers, bowls, lidded jars, teapots and pots for flowers. I like clean lines and simple forms. Although I use a limited palette of glazes, I am still finding new ways of working with them to produce fresh decorative effects that complement the forms. 

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Scottish Gallery : Chris Keenan ceramics
June 04, 2014 to June 30, 2014

Courses Available

Courses Available

Work availability

Work availability

Work generally available from:

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
egg, London
Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel

Technical Information

Technical Information

All work is thrown in Limoges porcelain and reduction fired to 1260 degrees centigrade in a gas kiln using combinations of tenmoku and celadon glazes.

History

History

Born 1 June 1960

1978-81 University of Hull - BA Hons. Drama
1981-82 Post Graduate acting course - London
1982-95 Worked as a professional actor in theatre and television
1995-97 Apprenticed to Edmund de Waal
1998- Working from own studio in London.

Teaching: Visiting Lecturer, Camberwell College of Arts

Memberships:
Member of Contemporary Applied Arts
Fellow of the Craft Potters' Association
Chair and Trustee of the Craft Pottery Charitable Trust

Awards
October 2006 Best in Show - Awarded by Grand Designs Magazine at Origin - The London Craft Fair
October 2005 Best Domestic Product - Evening Standard, Homes and Property Award at the Chelsea Craft Fair
January 1999 Crafts Council setting-up grant

Commissions
2005 SORA dinner service Habitat
2003 Tea service, Cleveland British Ceramic Art Collection (mima)
2002 Ritual Vessels Private commission for Llandecwyn – a Welsh Church
2001 Dinner service Private commission

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
January 2011 Beaux Arts, Bath
January 2009 Beaux Arts, Bath
June 2008 Roger Billcliffe FIne Art, Glasgow
May 2006 Beaux Arts, Bath
May 2005 Spiral Gallery, Settle
April 2004 Beaux Arts, Bath
June 2002 Primavera, Cambridge
November 2001 White Gallery, Hove

Group Exhibitions (recent)
2012 Joze Art Fair with Zimmer Stewart Gallery – London
2012 Fired Art –The Ceramics Show - Rye Art Gallery, Sussex
2011 Tablescapes – Talbot House Gallery, London
2011 Decorex - London
2011 Tokyo Art Fair – with Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo
2011 Ceramic Biennial 2011, Award Exhibition – Stoke-on-Trent
2011 Functional Pots – Oxford Ceramics, Oxford
2011 A Day in the life of Vanguard Court – Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan
2011 Select 2 – gallerytop, Rowsley
2011 Collect - with Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London

2010 Starting Point Series II - Siobhan Davies Studios, London
2010 Handmade - Fortnum & Mason, London
2010 Festival Show - Bowie Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
2010 78 Derngate, Northampton
2009 Vanguard Court Show - Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 stories and memories - Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2009 Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2009 Summer Show - Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel
2009 Select - gallerytop, Rowsley

2008 six of one - Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere
2008 Vessels - ceramicists from Korea and the UK - Korean Cultural Centre, London
2008 Cream of the Crafts - RBSA, Birmingham
2007 The Pot, The Vessel, The Object - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2007 Salt Gallery, Hayle
2007 Urban Field - Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
2007 Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2006 Containment - Ronald Pile Gallery, Ely
2006 Pure Porcelain - Joanna Bird, London
2006 My Collection - Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Public Collections

Public Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Contemporary Art Society
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Gallery Oldham
mima, Middlesbrough
Contemporary Art Society
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Thrown
Tenmoku
Celadon
Vases & Bowls
Teapots
Kitchen & Tableware