Robin Welch is one of Britain’s leading painter-potters, exploring his ideas both in clay and on canvas, using his surfaces as fields for abstract marking and colour, work that reflects his absorption in different kinds of landscape, their shapes and physicality. The forms and surfaces of his pots - bowls, bottles, vases, slab pots and so on - have become increasingly integrated, their brushwork gestural and expressive. His combined use of matt glazes, porcelain washes, lustres, sand and other materials have achieved complex deep textures that do much to evoke a certain spirit of place and ground-scape.  Born in 1936 in Nuneaton, Welch studied at the local art school, followed by Penzance and work at the nearby Leach Pottery, before attending the Central School of Art, London. After periods in London and Australia (where the light and land have been a constant inspiration) he settled in Suffolk in 1965.

David Whiting