View Image Gallery Chris Keenan(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)207 7012940 Email: Web: www.chriskeenan.co.uk
I started working with clay in my mid-thirties when I began a two year apprenticeship with the potter Edmund de Waal. We first met in 1989 when I was working as an actor and I bought some pieces from his studio. I grew to love using and living with his work and when I learned that he was considering taking on an apprentice I wrote to him to make my interest clear…
That is how it all began and following my apprenticeship I have been working from my own studio in South London since 1998. My work is thrown Limoges porcelain and I currently use two glazes - a glossy, black/brown tenmoku (in conjunction with splashes of the black iron oxide, illmenite) and a vivid, pale blue celadon. The work is reduction-fired in my gas kiln to around 1260°C. All the pots are designed for domestic spaces and will do a job if you want them to - function still plays a large role in my work. The range includes cups, beakers, bowls, lidded jars, teapots and pots for flowers. I like clean lines and simple forms. Although I use a limited palette of glazes, I am still finding new ways of working with them to produce fresh decorative effects that complement the forms.
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All work is thrown in Limoges porcelain and reduction fired to 1260 degrees centigrade in a gas kiln using combinations of tenmoku and celadon glazes.
Born 1 June 1960
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 31 Balin House, Long Lane, London, UK, SE1 1YQ.
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Telephone: +44 (0)207 7012940
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Last Updated: 2012-06-12
Events featuring this potter
Contemporary Applied Arts : Craft into Industry
Pocklington Arts Centre : Make it Slow - Craft with ceramics (2)
Royal College of Art : Ceramic Art London 2014
Form, function and family – wheel thrown porcelain. - Chris Keenan at West Dean