Robin Welch: Six Decades of Pots
12 September to 22 November 2015
Born in 1936, Robin has developed a considerable reputation over his 60 year career, both for making production pots and for his highly expressive individual pots. Robin studied painting and sculpture at Penzance School of Art before attending the Central School of Art, London. He also worked part-time at the Leach Pottery, between 1953 and 1959, before working in Australia for several years. He returned to England, in 1965, to set-up Stradbroke Pottery in Eye, Suffolk.
Known, for the last 30 years, as a maker of bold, freely constructed studio pieces, Robin has developed a truly individual voice in the world of contemporary ceramics. Bernard Leach was an influence on his early career before forward-thinking teachers at the Central School of Art, such as sculptor William Turnbull and ceramicist Gordon Baldwin, inspired a broader perspective in Robin’s work: pot making increasingly developed alongside his drawing practice in the same way that paintings are made. Robin’s pots can be approached as artworks, as much as ceramic forms.
Some of the works are still for sale in the Museum Shop. If interested please contact the shop on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01736 799 703 for more details.