‘The pottery tradition is at the heart of all my work. Pottery for use has been central to all settled human communities. Seldom merely functional, it has been a vehicle for expression and the fulfilment of a delight in the pleasure of handling a sensual and incredibly versatile material; the useful bound up with the intellect and the imagination.
I discovered pottery as a boy, becoming intimate with fragments of ancient pots picked up on the beaches of the Thames in London. They infiltrated my mind and my senses, giving me an insight to the syntax of thrown pottery; a sense of what is authentic, which I only fully understood as I gained experience in the craft.
So my work is informed by my passion for pots from the past, but also by making and firing, and the world and times in which I live. Sometimes I make simple useful things like mugs or jugs, on other occasions my work is less straightforward, making demands, even challenging the user to negotiate an ordinary job with an unexpected pot. I hope my pottery brings with it seriousness, some humour and sensual pleasure.'
London Craft Week 6-10th May 2015
A new annual event which showcases exceptional craftsmanship
As part of London Craft Week on Friday 8th May there will be a talk by Walter Keeler about his new extruded forms. Also on Friday the 8th of May to showcase some of our exceptional craftsmen and women we have asked some of them to be present in the gallery to talk about their work.