'There is something compelling about the making of pots, regardless of function, which keeps me within this particular sphere; they are the focus of so many interests and associations’.
There are two more weeks of our current exhibition Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Pupils available to view online and by appointment. Our Artist Focus continues alongside the exhibition and this week we regard the potter John Ward.
The leading hand-builder John Ward born in 1938 and trained at Camberwell College of Arts in the 1960s. He is one of a number of significant modern potters to have concentrated on the pared down individual vessel form, most particular the bowl, as a touchstone for exploration. His generally simple work have been augmented by more complex structure, the shapes cut and altered, perhaps with abstract, geometric decoration and cut-away rims that give some of his pieces an architectural quality. In addition to urban surfaces, his work evokes honed natural forms, the kind of bonier, elemental landscapes he has lived in since he moved to the Welsh coast in 1979.