Born 1 June 1960
Chris Keenan makes functional porcelain pots including one-off bowls, flasks and lidded jars, together with a range of domestic ware - cups, beakers, pourers and teapots. Chris trained to be a potter as apprentice to Edmund de Waal following a previous career as a professional actor. He now works from his own studio in South London and is exhibiting and selling widely around the country. He was awarded a Crafts Council setting up grant at the beginning of 1999 and is a professional member of the Craft Potter's Association.
1978-81 University of Hull - BA Hons. Drama
1981-82 Post Graduate acting course - London
1982-95 Worked as a professional actor in theatre and television
1995-97 Apprenticed to Edmund de Waal
1998- Working from own studio in London.
Member of Contemporary Applied Arts
Member of Craft Potters Association
June 2002 Primavera, Cambridge
November 2001 White Gallery, Hove
Group Exhibitions2004 -
Contemporary Ceramics - Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere2003 -
Bowls - Carlin Gallery, Paris; SOFA Chicago - Joanna Bird; Beauty Through Use - Gallery Yufuku, Tokyo; British Design Excellence - British Embassy, St. Petersburg; Summer Exhibition - Beaux Arts, Bath; 30/30 Vision - Crafts Council Gallery, London & Tour; Teapots - Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Showcase - Crafts Council Shop, London2002 -
SOFA Chicago - Joanna Bird; The Tea Party - Bircham Contemporary Arts, Norfolk; Summer Show - Galerie Besson, London; Wohnen und Kunst, Hamburg; Brook Street Pottery, Hay on Wye; Contemporary Decorative Arts - Sotheby's, London2001 -
Focus - Contemporary Applied Arts, London; Blessed by Fire - Joanna Bird at Browse & Darby, London; Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire; Focus - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow; Home Sweet Home -British Council Tour Scandinavia,Australia2000 -
Modern Form - Joanna Bird, London; In Focus ~ Ceramics - Sotheby's, London1999 - Commemorative Millennium Mugs - Galerie Besson, London; Bankside Browser - Tate Modern, London; Connections - Rufford Craft Centre, Notts; Domestic Ware - Galerie Besson, London.
I make pots
that I hope can lead multifarious lives in domestic environments. Of
the forms present in the work there are some I frequently re-visit and
re-work - the beaker, the bowl, the bottle and the lidded jar.
A particular love of the bowl continues to offer formal and technical challenges - I feel I could make them until the cows come home and still experience near equal degrees of satisfaction and frustration.
All the work is thrown Limoges porcelain, glazed using combinations of tenmoku and a deep celadon, and then reduction-fired in a gas kiln to 1280° C.