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Contact Details

Studio: 36 Saint Thomas's Street, Old Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, PO1 2EZ. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0) 7950245446
Email:
Web-site: www.townsendpotter.com
Joined on: 2012-06-23

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

It all begins on the wheel, harnessing the turning wheel to bring life and form to the clay. As I tease out the clay, the tension between its' elasticity and the spin enter the form to overcome gravity until it stands up and becomes itself.

After that, I have a physical conversation with the piece, to develop my themes. 

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

Thrown and manipulated earthenware with alkaline glazes.

I produce all the wheel-produced forms but specialise in teapots and jugs that are thrown from a single piece of clay and then manipulated to incorporate themes of movement, personality and humour. In the last year I have developed more figurative decorations to tell 'little stories'. 

Current Work Availability 
I sell on ceramic markets in the UK and Wstern Europe and enjoy the opportunities to discuss and explain my work that they offer.

Career and History

Career and History

Born in Nottingham, UK - December 1949

1968 - 1974 Trained in Biochemistry and Medecine at university of London, UK
1992 Introduced to ceramics while working as a doctor in Berlin

1992 - 1996 Hobby ceramicist and night school in pottery
1996 - 2002 Set up my part-time studio in Brempt, germany, began to sell pots in Dutch markets
2002 Made and sold pots in Naples, Italy whilst working as a Royal Naval Reservist. Awarded First Prize in Ceramics at the Oak Leaf Arts and Crafts Fair in Naples
2003 Part-time career as a potter interrupted by studio fire and increasingly busy jobs after joining the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer

2006 Left Royal Navy and re-established my studio as a full-time potter. Spent the next three years developing the concept of 'Sculpture From the Wheel'
2009 Returned to selling pots at ceramic markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK and Germany. Awarded theDelft Ceramica 2009 Prize
2012. February, exhibition at Theemaas, Rotterdam

Work Styles

Work Styles

Earthenware
Thrown
Teapots
Kitchen & Tableware