It all begins on the wheel, harnessing the turning wheel to bring life and form to the clay.
Based on studies into the first photographic images of moving people and animals by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870s.
I use forward lean; asymmetry; lines of movement and an overall sense of imbalance to create a sense of movement and therefore life.
The glazing of my pots uses palettes inspired by the American Abstract Expressionists, especially Jules Olitski and his 'Colour Fields'
Art in Clay - Hatfield House : Art in Clay 2017
August 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Europamarkt Kunsthandwerk Design : John Townsend in Aachen
September 02, 2017 to September 03, 2017
Euregio Ceramics Market. : Euregio Ceramics Market - John Townsend
September 09, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Thrown and manipulated stoneware with dolomite glazes and on-glaze stains
I produce all the wheel-produced traditional forms but specialize in teapots and jugs that are thrown from a single piece of clay and then manipulated
Current Work Availability
I sell on ceramic markets in the UK and Western Europe and enjoy the opportunities to discuss and explain my work that they offer.
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
2013 - 2017 Part-time research and ceramics studies at UCLAN, Lancashire. Awarded a Master of Art in Ceramics with Merit in January 2017