Peter BeardImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Tanners Cottage, Welsh Road , Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK, CV32 7UB. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1926 428481
Fax: +44 (0)1926 428481
Email:
Web-site: www.peterbeard.co.uk
Availability: My studio is open at any reasonable time, by appointment.
Last Updated: 2019-03-07

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My professional career in ceramics was begun in 1971. Some 20 years ago I introduced work in bronze, and occasionally in stone, to my repertoire. My work has been exhibited around the world and is represented in numerous museums, public collections and private collections in the UK and overseas. I have also received numerous awards from various international bodies.

I have a contemplative approach to making and spend a lot of time drawing lines and sketching out ideas for new pieces. This approach eventually produces beautiful, considered objects that are contemporary but which owe an allegiance to history, giving them a timeless quality. My strong simple shapes are decorated with complex surfaces to complement the form and excite the eye, drawing an emotional response from the viewer.
Landscape in all forms is my main source of inspiration, along with ancient artefacts from diverse cultures.

My wax-resist pieces involve combinations of shiny, matt and semi-matt glazes built up in layers to create their textural surfaces during firing. Wax is used to isolate areas during glaze application.
I also make ground pieces. The technique here involves the layering of coloured clays and glaze and then grinding back the glazed surface to reveal intricate patterns within a silky smooth marble-like finish which is beautifully tactile. These pieces can take up to six months to complete and are the culmination of hours of experimentation and development.

Mine is an evolutionary process, combining technical skill with innovation and passion with intellect.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Current Work

Current Work

I make thrown and hand-built pieces in oxidised stoneware. I have recently diversified into working with bronze, cast iron and stone, in addition to ceramics.


Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, Marshall Street, London.
Bowie & Hulbert, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire.
Stour Gallery, Shipton on Stour Warwickshire
Round House Gallery, Foston, Derbyshire

Other Information:
Regularly gives lectures/demonstrations to Colleges and Ceramic Groups.
I run Summer Workshops on decorating techniques (bookings from previous Autumn for each year recommended)

Technical Information

Technical Information

I make thrown and hand-built pieces in oxidised stoneware fired to 1280°C, using combinations of matt and semi-matt glazes and coloured clays, built up in layers prior to firing to create textural surfaces in a range of pastel shades and some stronger colours.
Some surfaces are ground back to reveal the intricate patterns within the structure. Wax resist is used extensively to create patterns and to isolate the glaze layers during application. I also work in bronze and some stone, in addition to ceramics..

History

History

Career Background
Born in Southport, Lancashire in 1951.

I first encountered clay when I was a small child and whilst studying for my degree in industrial design and furniture design at Ravensbourne College of Art in London (1970-1973) was able to spend time in the ceramics department.  

On finishing college I helped set up a pottery in Scotland making thrown domestic stoneware. I opened my first studio in Kent in 1975, making mainly sculptural pieces.  My current studio is in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

My work is represented on the Crafts Council index of selected members.

I have exhibited regularly in group exhibitions and one man shows since 1975 in Britain and abroad.

Teaching:
2008 Invited on teaching tour of South Africa
2007 Teaching at JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India

Membership and Awards and selected Exhibitions

Membership and Awards and selected Exhibitions

1976 Elected member of Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
1989 Elected to the Council of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
1990 Awarded traveling scholarship by South East Arts to study in Egypt.
1990 Awarded Award of Merit, Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Competition, New Zealand
1992 Lecture and workshop tour of New Zealand and Australia supported by the British Council
1993 Employed as consultant by the charity Project Ploughshare on a project to set up a pottery in Ethiopia
1995 Awarded funding by South East Arts for travel and research in Japan
1996 Winner of the INAX Design Prize, INAX Corporation, Japan
1999 Elected member of the Academy of International Ceramics
2000 Winner of the Pot d’Or at Keramisto, Holland
2002 Purchase Award, the 2002 International Orton Cone Box Show, USA
2002 Winner of silver medal at XV111 International Biennial of Ceramic Art, Vallauris, France
2004 Major Arts Council award for research
2004 Exhibited bronze sculptures at the Royal Academy, London
2005/6 Continued to have regular one-man and joint exhibitions internationally
2007 Major one-man show of clay, metal and stone at Rufford Art Gallery, UK
2008 One-man exhibition of ceramics and bronzes at Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai
2009 Guest Artist at International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
2010 Galerie Du Don, France
2011 Major commission to produce ceramic pieces for the Gold Medal winning Monaco Garden, Chelsea Flower Show
2012 Guest International Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
2012 Major bronze commission for private client
2013 Major one man exhibition at Rufford Craft Centre Gallery, Nottinghamshire, UK

2014 Guest Artist in Residence at Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2014 Dual show at Galerie Du Don, France
2014 One man show at Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London, UK
2014 One man show at the Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour, UK

2017 Sculpture in the Garden at Urchfont Manor UK
2017 Honorable mention GICB2017 International Ceramics competition, Korea
2017 One man show at the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2018 One man show at Gallery Life Seeding, Taipei, Taiwan

Publications

Publications

Author of:
Resists and Masking Techniques in Ceramics for A&C Black. ISBN No 0-7136-3747-1

Publications

My work is featured in:
Major article in Ceramic Review 2016
New Ceramics Magazine, Article by Wolfgang Lösche, June 201
The New Ceramics Throwing by Richard Phethean, published by A&C Black, 2012
Contemporary British Studio Ceramics by Annie Carlano, published by Yale University Press, 2010
Slab Techniques by Ian Marsh and Jim Robison, published by A&C Black, 2010

The Art of Ceramic Decoration, published by Uitgever, 2009
500 Ceramic Sculptures published by Lark Books, 2009
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine, Antiques of the Future article, April 2009
Klei Magazine. Article in Issue 6, 2008
Ceramics Art and Perception, Article in Issue 71, 2008
Firing by David Jones, published by Crowood Press, 2007
The Shell, A World of Decoration and Ornament by Ingrid Thomas, published by Thames and Hudson, 2007
The Teapot Book by Steve Woodhead, published by A&C Black, 2005

Neue Keramik. Article in Issue 3/04, 2004
Ceramic Review. Article in Issue 203, 2003
Antiques Price Guide by Judith Miller, published Dorling Kindersley, 2003
The Potter’s Guide to Ceramic Surfaces by Jo Connell, published Quarto, 2002
Ceramics Mastering the Craft by Richard Zakin, published Krause Publications, 2001

The Art of Handbuilt Ceramics by Sue Bruce, published Crowood Press, 2000
Neue Keramik. Article in Issue 11, 1999
The Complete Practical Potter by Josie Warshaw, Annes Publishing, 1999
Hand Formed Ceramics by Richard Zakin, published by Chilton, 1995
Throwing Pots by Phil Rogers

Ceramics Monthly, article in November 1993
Ceramic Sculpture by Ian Gregory, published by A & C Black, 1993
Ceramic Review. Article in Issue No 138, 1992
The Complete Potter - Glazes by Emmanuel Cooper, published by Batsford, 1992
Ceramics Art & Perception. Article No 6, 1991
Ceramic Form by Peter Lane, published by Collins, 1988
Ceramic Review. Article in Issue 109, 1988
Studio Ceramics by Peter Lane, published by Collins, 1983
Studio Porcelain by Peter Lane, published by Pitmans, 1980

Collections

Collections

My work is held in many private and public collections including:
Keramion Museum, Germany
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Köln, Germany
Ballantyne Collection, UK
Die Neue Samlung Museum, Munich, Germany
Burnley City Art Gallery, UK
Norwich Museum, UK
Stoke on Trent City Museum, UK
INAX Corporation collection, Japan

Museum for Moderne Keramik, Germany Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesham, UK
Leamington Spa Museum, UK
Museum Ariana, Switzerland
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Museums, UK
Ichon World Ceramic Center, Kyonggi Province, Korea
International Ceramics Museum of Maroussi, Athens

University of Kansas, USA.
Hanhyanglim Gallery & Jay Collection, Republic of Korea
Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti, Valencia, Spain
4th piece purchased in 2011 by Neue Samlung Museum, Munich
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, USA
Nottingham City Museum, UK
State Art Collection, The Republic of Ireland
Yingge Ceramic Museum, Yingge, Taiwan.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Thrown
Handbuilt
Vessel
Sculptural