Chris Keenan talking about his work:
‘I make work for interior spaces – pots to be used or handled or looked at. Limoges porcelain is the clay; tenmoku and celadon the glazes. Making, for me, has always involved repetition: one has never been enough. A desire for consistency, achieved through careful and considered observation, exists simultaneously alongside the need to re-examine and alter. It is a continuous, interrogative dialogue.’
Richard Phethean trained at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London, and in the studios of tutor Colin Pearson and Janice Tchalenko during the 1970s. He makes thrown, altered, and assembled vessels using coarse textured terracotta with brushed slips and resist techniques. His current work combines references to ancient pottery, European slipware traditions, and twentieth-century abstract painting. For over thirty years, Richard has been a visiting teacher and demonstrator of throwing at many colleges, centres, and symposia, and has run intensive short courses at his studio. He is an author of three publications on throwing techniques.