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ABOVE Ochre banded oval pot with cut-outs - SOLD
  • LEFT Rounded pot with squared top and ochre banded design SOLD
  • MIDDLE Black & white oval pot with neck 26.5 x 18 x 12cms - SOLD
  • RIGHT Small bowl with shaped rim & ochre banded design 12 x 11cms SOLD
  • LEFT Brown & green oval pot with shaped rim 14cms -SOLD
  • MIDDLE Large Bowl - 39.5 x 23.5 cms
  • RIGHT Large Tulip Pot - SOLD
  • LEFT Ochre banded tailed bowl - SOLD
  • MIDDLE Light Ochre oval pot - 18cms high - SOLD
  • RIGHT Shouldered vessel 36 tall x 26.5 shoulder cm

John Ward

 Born London 1938

Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, London 1966-1970

Moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales 1979

John Ward is regarded as one of Britain's great potters.  There is no reference book on contemporary ceramics which does not feature his work.  Ward's handbuilt pots are shown on both sides of the Atlantic.  A base is pinched out and flattened coils of clay are added to produce hollow forms.  These are sometimes altered at the leather-hard stage, by cutting and rejoining to create ridges and grooves between curving surfaces.  Finally, they are scrapped and partly burnished with a pebble.  John only uses matt glazes and most pots are twice-fired in an electric kiln.  The main influences on his work are simple forms of ancient pre-glaze pottery from China and Egypt, early Cypriot pottery and early Persian bowls.  More recent influences have been the legendary potters, the late Hans Coper and the late Dame Lucie Rie. The work of Hans Coper for it's formal strength, Lucie Rie for light and colour, and the potter Ian Godfrey for playfulness with form and texture.

"There is something compelling about the making of pots, regardless of function, which keeps me within the particular sphere; they are the focus of some many interests and associations.  My aim is to make pots which have simple forms with integral decoration and aspects which can interact with the environment in interesting ways; to try and express a balance between these dynamic qualites and a sense of stillness or containment.  Form above all, but expressed through light and colour.  It is not surprising that the green, blue and ochre glazes have properties similar to some of the surface colours and textures of rocks and pebbles where I am living. Being near the sea has probably had an effect on the banded decoration I use, either reflecting the movement of water and waves or the dips and folds of the strata revealed in cliff faces. This in turn has affected form.’’  John Ward

Solo exhibitions include:
BeauxArts, Bath
Craftsmen Potters, London
Galerie Gilbert,
Remetschwiel, Germany
Graham Gallery, New York
Amalgam Gallery, London
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

Public collections include:
Cardiff Museum and Gallery,
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Hamburg Museum
Museum Bellerive, Zurich
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris                                                                                                                                                 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

 

 

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