John DawsonImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 47 Heathwood Gardens, Charlton, London, UK, SE7 8ES. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)208 3161919
Email:
Web-site: www.btinternet.com/~john16749
Availability: Please telephone number above before visiting, to avoid disappointment.


Last Updated: 2012-03-31

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

In the 1970's I came from New Zealand, where a strong and active movement of studio pottery dominated the crafts. Having dabbled in ceramics before leaving, with the intention of studying the harpsichord and organ at Trinity College of Music London, the desire to return to working with clay was still very strong.

Now having graduated from Goldsmiths' College, my work in ceramics has very strong parallels with my work as a professional musician. While at Trinity College I was drawn to the music of the Baroque period.

With baroque music, the form is usually very simple: a theme, containing just a few notes, is embellished or decorated to enhance the simplicity or to sustain the melodic line. Often the composer determined the structure in terms of chords, and it was up to the performer to extemporise his ideas, emotions and feelings with embellishments.

I have used porcelain clay to express these feelings. A simple bowl form is made and is then altered to create an impression of movement.

Current Work

Current Work

Thrown porcelain, altered and glazed with a celadon crackle glaze.

Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, 7 Marshall Street, London
and directly by contacting the potter.

Other Information:
Member of the London Potters lecture list and available for workshops and demonstrations.
Teach privately from my studio (e.g. 10.00am to 4.00pm - 60 with lunch.)

Technical Information

Technical Information

Reduction fired in a natural gas kiln.

History

History

1973 - Joined the International Operator Service with British Telecom.
1975 - LTCL(performers) Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, London.
1993 - Postgraduate Diploma in Ceramics. Goldsmiths' College, University of London.

1994 - Studio technician/ceramics tutor at Putney School of Art.

1994 - Selected to become a Member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen.

1996 - Exhibitions Officer for London Potters.
1997 - City and Guilds 7307 stage 1. diploma in Adult teaching.
1997 - Selected to become a Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association..
1997 - Ceramics tutor at H. M. P. Holloway and H. M. P. Pentonville.
1998 - Selected for the Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics award in New Zealand.
1998 - Invited to work for one month at the Jeff Oestreich pottery in USA.
1999 - Invited to work for one month at the Jeff Oestreich pottery in USA.
2001 - Artist in residence at the Auckland Studio Potters, Auckland, New Zealand
2003 - Guest lecturer for Diploma students from Otago University. New Zealand.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

1994 - Selected for the Chelsea Craft Fair
1994 - Commission from Royal Photographic Society, prize in Audio Visual section.
1996 - Selected for the Chelsea Craft Fair;
1996 - London Potters exhibition (prize for best thrown work)
1997 - Selected for the Chelsea Craft Fair; Pallant House Gallery Chicester;
1997 - The Old Bake House Gallery Chicester;
1997 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park Gallery;
1997 - Primavera, Cambridge.
1998 - The City Art Gallery, Leeds;
1998 - Porticus Gallery, Wales;
1998 - Workshop Gallery, Wales;
1998 - Washington Gallery, Wales;
1998 - London Potters exhibition (prize for best thrown work).
1999 - Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge.
2000 - Selected London Potters exhibition at The Old Bakehouse Gallery Chichester.
2001 - Selected by Contemporary Ceramics for Pure and Simple Exhibition;
2001 - Selected for the London Potters exhibition at the Artmonsky Gallery. St Johns Wood.
2002 - Guest Artist at the Auckland Studio Potters, New Zealand
2003 - Solo exhibition at Masterworks, Ponsonby, Auckland NZ. Green Gallery, Auckland NZ.
2004 - Solo exhibition at Masterworks, Ponsonby. Auckland NZ.
2005 - Solo exhibition at Masterworks. Ponsonby, Auckland NZ. Selected for 'Table Manners' at the Crafts Council.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Thrown
Celadon
Vases & Bowls
Kitchen & Tableware
Gas