Our exhibition Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Pupils continues and our artist focus this week looks to our first pupil; Ewen Henderson.
‘I was seduced by the alchemy of change where you take a material ... and it is transmogrified into something else’. Ewen Henderson on discovering clay at Goldsmiths College in 1965.
Ewen Henderson (1934 -2000) was known for his highly original constructions - a mixture of clays and glazes variously coloured, ranging from monumental sculptures to dynamic teabowls each piece exemplifying a richly textured surface like no other. He rejected the wheel early on feeling it too restrictive instead preferring to hand built to best express his vision. He was also a dedicated painter - his watercolours, gouaches and collages very much part of his creative output.
Henderson came to ceramics comparatively late. After the RAF he became interested in painting and sculpture whilst working for a timber company in Cardiff, leaving Wales in 1964 to study art Goldsmith's College. It was there he discovered clay and went on to study Ceramics at the Camberwell School of Art under the well regarded tenure of Hans Coper and Lucie Rie. Graduating in 1968 he began teaching there himself not long after alongside building an international reputation as a truly individual potter.
Henderson’s work can be viewed in many international public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In 2019 several large scale ceramic sculptures by Ewen Henderson were exhibited at Art Basel Miami by the LOEWE Foundation in their annual exhibition series Chance Encounters curated by Jonathan Anderson.