Elspeth Owen, who has long been based in Cambridge, is a potter of particular sensitivity, a maker of bowls, pillows and jars that have quietly gauged the nuances of hand-building. Owen was born in 1938 and worked as an academic, teacher and social worker before turning to pottery in the mid 1970s. Implicit if not explicit in her work is her independentstand as an artist, one who has explored her philosophy through other meditative types of performance too, including long-distance walking, various residencies and occupations, and all manner of other collaboration. Her work, ranging from single pinched pots as small and fragile as birds’ eggs, to evocative site specific groupings, reaches back to the earliest pots of prehistory, but has a modern artist’s sense of form, texture and colouration. It also has a strong sense of place.

David Whiting