Marshall Colman makes a range of tableware and one-off pieces using the difficult technique of tin-glazed earthenware.
Surface decoration is central to his ceramic practice. His work designed for the modern home with a mid-century modern feel, but based on a knowledge and appreciation of the long history of tin-glaze.
His inspirations include fifties textiles, Japanese painting and old maiolica. All his products are dishwasher-proof and suitable for the microwave.
All pieces are thrown on the wheel using a pink terracotta in the Mediterranean tin-glaze tradition.
Bisque firing is to 1060 deg. C, which ensures a hard body and a craze-free glaze. The bisque is dipped in a lead borosilicate tin glaze, which is then decorated with brushed oxides and stains. The finished pieces are fired in an electric to 1060 deg. C.
My work is currently on sale at:
Abergavenny: The Art Shop and Chapel, 8 Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 5EH
Ampthill: Golden Hare Gallery, 2 Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK452HP
Barton upon Humber: The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT
Cambridge: Byard Art, 14 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ
Edinburgh: Velvet Easel Gallery, 298 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 2AS
Farnham: New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS
Lewes: Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Leeds: Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB
London central: Cecilia Colman Gallery, 67 St Johns Wood High Street, London NW8 7NL
London west: Frivoli Gallery, 7a Devonshire Road, London, W4 2EU
Stirlingshire: Green Gallery, Ballamenoch, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire FK8 3NX
Stratford upon Avon: Montpellier Gallery, 8 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 3EP
St Ives: St Ives Society of Artists, Norway Square, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NA
Taunton: Harlequin Gallery, 6 Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4ER
2016 Art in Clay, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
2015 Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
2014 Art at the Courtroom, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2014 Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2013 Eastern Approaches, UH Galleries, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2013 Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2012 Molewood Arts, Hertford
2012 Crafts Potters Association, Oxford
2012 Childwickbury Arts Fair, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2011 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley, Oxfordshire
2011 Molewood Arts, Hertford
2011 Art in Clay, Farnham, Surrey
2011 Childwickbury Arts Fair, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2011 Earth and Fire, Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire
2010 Art in Clay, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
2010 Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2010 Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire
2009 Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
2009 Art in Clay, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
2009 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
2009 Earth and Fire, Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire
2009 University of Westminster degree show
2006 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
2005 New Studio, Olney, Buckinghamshire
BA History/Politics Keele University 1968.
I developed an interest in ceramics while I was reading history at Keele University, near the North Staffordshire Potteries. I worked at the Rodmell Pottery with Judith Partridge, who introduced me to her style of calligraphic painting on the powdery, unfired surface of tin-glazed pottery.
I set up my first pottery in Cornwall, but family commitments forced me into less precarious occupations for many years.
After a career in public administration, which I ended as head of economic development at Welwyn Hatfield Council, I re-trained at Harrow and returned to ceramics.
I am a selected member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and I serve on its governing Council.
My ceramics are featured in:
"Masterclass", Ceramic Review, 286, July/August 2017
Surface Decoration by Kevin Millward (Bloomsbury, 2016)
Contemporary Tableware by Linda Bloomfield (Bloomsbury, 2013)
Maiolica, Daphne Carnegy (A & C Black, 2011) - Features my narrative ceramics and describes the technique I use for drawing on the unfired glaze.