John Calver has been making stoneware pottery from white stoneware clays since 1981. Many forms are altered dynamically while the clay is soft.
He has exhibited widely, both in the UK and Overseas. He is represented in a number of public collections.
Work generally available from:
Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
Gallery 1611, Alston, Cumbria
Thornthwaite Gallery, Cumbria
Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria
and from the pottery at Yealand Redmayne.
Functional forms are thrown using white firing stoneware clays. Many forms are altered dynamically while the clay is soft. Pulled or wire-cut handles, and textured feet may be added. Techniques used in decoration include chattering, impressing fabric, rope and clay stamps, and brushing, trailing, inlaying and sponging slips onto the surface. After biscuit firing the pots are glazed by pouring overlapping layers of up to six glazes on to any one piece. The work is reduction fired to 1310 degrees centigrade in a 35cu.ft. oil kiln.
I studied Civil Engineering at London University and worked as an
engineer for five years in Newcastle-on-Tyne and Kingston, Jamaica.
Attendance at an adult education class in Newcastle aroused an interest
in clay. That interest became all-consuming, and, on my return to
England from Jamaica in 1973, I established my own work-shop at Yealand
Redmayne in North Lancashire. From 1973 to 1978 I produced a range of
burnished and glazed earthenware. 1979 saw another opportunity to
travel abroad and I spent two years in Egypt. On returning to my
workshop in 1981, I began making stoneware, work which I continue to
1989 Northern Arts Grant to partly fund a three month study tour of Australia.
1986-1988 - Director of Lakeland Guild Galleries.
1989-1990 - Committee member for 'Northern Potters Association'.
1990 - Appointed Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
1989 - Northern Potters Association (one day); Krempl Keramik, Munich,
Germany (half day); Four demonstrations & lectures to Potter Groups
1991 - Chiltern & Decoram potters (Guest potter); Australian Tour (3 months of one and two day demonstrations to 15 Potters Groups);Ceramic Study Group of Sydney (one week residential school).
1992 - Southern Ceramics Group (one day); Northern Potters Association ( Guest potter).
1993 - Scottish Potters Association (Guest potter); Northern Potters Association (two one day demonstrations in my own work-shop); Australia - one month tour and demonstrations to seven Potters Groups; New Zealand - two month tour, two day demonstrations to six Potters Groups.
1994 - CPA Potters Market at Rufford; CPA of Ireland (Guest potter at annual two day event)
1995 - University of Central Lancashire (Visiting lecturer for 2 weeks); National Festival of Ceramics; East Anglia Potters Association; The Barnet Collection (one day).
1996 - Christchurch College, Canterbury (one day); Kent Potters Association (one day); New Zealand - two month tour (demonstrations to four Potters Groups, seven days including kiln firings with Canterbury Potters, Christchurch)
1997 - Bromley Adult Education, London (one day); Northern Potters Association (Guest potter); CPA Potters Market at Bloxham; U.S.A. visit - The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, D.C. (two days), Middlesex County College, Edison. N.J. (one day); Canada - Richmond Potters (five day school plus two day demonstration); Delta Potters (five day school)
1999 - University of Central Lancashire (Visiting lecturer, 6 days); Midland Potters Association; Wirral Potters Association; Royal Scottish Academy (Lecture); Canada - Red Deer College Summer School, Alberta (five days), Thompson Valley Potters Guild, Kamloops, B.C. (three days); U.S.A. - Wesleyan Potters, Inc. Middletown, C.T. (five days)
2000 - CPA Potters Market at Oxford (1 hour)
2001 - North Wales Potters (one day)
2002 - Sierra Nevada College (five days)
2003 - Sierra Nevada College ( five days ), Carolina Clay Guild ( two days )
2004 - Carolina Clay Guild, October 4/9
2007 - Scottish Potters’ Association (Guest potter at annual two day event)
2007 - East Anglia Potters’ Association (One day).
2008 - West Forrest Potters ( One day )
2009 - 'Earth and Fire', Rufford.
2011 - 2013 Annual 5 day workshop at the Solway Ceramics Centre
1989 - Pottery in Australia (December)
1989/6 - Monthly Crafts, Korea
1989 - Artists Newsletter 'Firing with Oil' (July)
1991 - Ceramic Review, 'A Potters Progress' (March)
1993 - Ceramic Art & Perception - 'My Other Layer';
1993 - Artists Newsletter 'Twice to Australia' (January);
1993 - New Zealand Potter, Vol 35, no.2
1994 - Ceramics and Print by Paul Scott, A&C Black (pages 42-45)
1995 - 'Advanced Pottery Techniques' by Doug Wensley, Crowood Press.
1996 - 'The Potters Palate' by Constant & Ogden, Chilton Book Co. (page 46)
1998 - The Potters Directory of Shape and Form, French & Neal, Krause
2000 - Ceramics Monthly, December.
2002 - 'Stoneware' by Richard Dewar, A&C Black
2002 - 'The Ceramic Surface', Matthias Ostermann, A&C Black.
2002 - 'The Potters Guide to Ceramic Surfaces', Jo Connell, Crowood.
2005 'The Teapot Book', Steve Woodhead, A&C Black
2014 'Firing Kilns' by Benedict Brierley, Bloomsbury Publishing.
1973 - John Peartree Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
1985 - Linton Court Gallery, Settle
1986 - Lancashire Polytechnic, Preston
1987 - Post Office Gallery, Quernmore, Lancaster
1988 - Mid-Pennine Arts Association, Burnley
1989 - Broughton Place Gallery, Lanarkshire; David Holmes Ceramics, Halifax; South Bank Gallery, Hebden Bridge; Krempl Keramik, Munich, Germany; Lancaster City Museum
1991 - Amalgam Art, Barnes, London; Contemporary Ceramics, New Members Show; St. James' Gallery, Bath
1992 - Terrace Gallery, Worthing; Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Represented in the Fletcher Challenge Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand (1992 and 1995)
1993 - Pyramid Gallery, York
1994 - Sark Gallery, Hethersgill, Carlisle; Broughton Place Gallery, Lanarkshire
1995 - Lowes Court Gallery, Cumbria; Laburnum Ceramics, Penrith, Cumbria
1997 - Anderson Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire
1999 - Royal Scottish Academy, "Visual Arts Scotland" - Guest exhibitor
1999 - 2007 - Annual Exhibition at Stokoe House Gallery, Alston, Cumbria
2004 - Moring Arts Center, Asheboro, North Carolina.
2005 - Broughton Place Gallery, Lanarkshire
2009 - 2014 - Annual Exhibition at East Windy Hall, Reeth, Yorkshire.
- Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
- Lancaster City Museum
- Ceramic Study Group, Sydney, Australia
- The British Tea Museum
- City of Stoke-on-Trent Museum
- W.A.Ismay Collection, York City Museum