A large stoneware conical pedestal bowl with banded decoration, impressed RW mark.
artist: Robin Welch (Born 1936)
The artist is one of the most highly respected contemporary British potters. The full range of his work includes large vessels with related paintings, fine drawings, and distinctive bowls and vases which explore colour, surface texture, form, detail of edge, and line.
As a student he experienced and absorbed wide ranging movements in ceramics, from the discipline of the Leach Pottery to the freedom of approach promoted by the Central School in London. His current work is committed to the making of one-off pots which are thrown with further thrown or hand built sections joined on. A white slip is applied prior to the biscuit firing, and followed by multiple firings for stoneware glazes (in reduction), earthenware glazes, enamels, raku, and lustres. His approach is to select an idea, and to develop this through a series of pots, assembling a balanced and related body of work for each successive exhibition. Following many visits to Australia, the landscape of the outback provides inspiration for much of his recent work.
His career as a potter spans over three decades with many exhibitions and many forms of recognition including important awards and commissions. He served as a member of the 3D design Board for the Council for National Academic Awards, and was a visiting lecturer at many of the leading Art Colleges in this country.