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.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre : Peter Beard in London
September 19, 2019 to October 12, 2019
Art in Clay - Farnham : Art in Clay at Farnham 2019
November 16, 2019 to November 17, 2019
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
Regularly gives lectures/demonstrations to Colleges and Ceramic Groups.
I run Summer Workshops on decorating techniques (bookings from previous Autumn for each year recommended)
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..
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.
2008 Invited on teaching tour of South Africa
2007 Teaching at JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India
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
Resists and Masking Techniques in Ceramics for A&C Black. ISBN No 0-7136-3747-1