Potter Robin Welch 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.
Born in 1936, Welch studied at the Penzance School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. He worked part-time at the Leach Pottery (founded in 1920 in St Ives, Cornwall by Bernard Leach and Hamada Shoji) between 1953 and 1959 before opening his own pottery in London’s West End, which ran from 1960 to 1962. After a couple of years of world travel, he returned to England and in 1965 set up Stadbroke Pottery in Eye, Suffolk where he still lives and works today.
Spanning over three decades, Welch has had many exhibitions and 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 has been a visiting lecturer at many of the UK’s leading Art Colleges.
Inspired by many visits to Australia and the landscape of the outback, Welch’s current work is committed to making one-off pots which are thrown with further thrown or hand built sections added on. A white slip is applied prior to the biscuit firing, followed by multiple firings for stoneware glazes, earthenware glazes, raku, enamels and lustres. He is still a regular exhibitor at ceramics fairs including the prestigious Hatfield House Art in Clay annual event in Hertfordshire.
Also a talented artist, this pair of nude acrylic paintings by Robin Welch can be found in the Art section of Things Less Ordinary
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