Peter Starkey

In 1973 I attended the Studio Pottery course at Harrow College of Art and began full-time potting in Hunworth, Norfolk, making salt glazed stoneware. My work at that time was mainly domestic ware and occasional one-off decorative pieces. At that time I was one of a group of potters revivifying the technique of salt glaze in Britain, from which a distinctive school of practise emerged. This enabled British salt glaze ceramics to make a unique and significant impact both in Britain, Europe and beyond. In 1977 I published ‘Saltglaze’, a text book which helped and encouraged potters worldwide to engage with this exciting and hitherto mysterious technique.

My work draws upon a wide range of references from within ceramic tradition, architecture, material culture and contemporary design. These are expressed through ongoing experimentation with form and surface. The work aims to find a balance between qualities of usefulness and ornamentation.

 Harrow School of Art and Design, London
1967-70  College of Education, University of Wales, Cardiff
1963-65  College of Art, Portsmouth

Selected Exhibitions
 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire & Art in Clay, Farnham Maltings, Surrey
2010  Associazione Artigiani Bleniese, Dongio, Ticino
2009  Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire & Art in Clay, Farnham Maltings, Surrey
2008  30 Years in the Making, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Exeter, Devon
Celebrating Salt & Soda, The Octagon at Wichford Pottery, near Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
solo exhibition, Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
2006 group exhibition, Parkfeild Gallery, Ross-on-Wye
Art in Clay, 12th National Pottery & Ceramics Festival, Hatfield
Salt-Glaze Ceramics, Ha Gamle Prestegardm, Norway
Earth & Fire, International Ceramics Festival, Rufford Craft Centre
Seventh International Competition, Salt-Glaze Ceramics, Koblenz
2005  Christmas Exhibition, Where I Fell in Love, Gallery, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire
H.Art Herefordshire Art Week

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
British Crafts Council, London
Ulster Museum, Belfast
National Museum of Wales, Aberystwyth
Newport Museum, Newport, South Wales
Hanley Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
Norwich Museum, Norwich, Norfolk
Notting Museum, Nottingham
Disempel Collection, Hoogeledde, Belgium
Princesshof Museum, Leeuwarden, Holland
Zwissler Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Institut for Keramikke, Bergen, Norway

Crafts Magazine, reviews
Ceramic Review, various articles and reviews
1997 Below the Salt, Point Magazine, Art and Design research paper
Songs In Salt, Catalogue Essays, Princesshof Museum, Leeuwarden, Holland
1978 Potters on Pottery, Carter, Nash & Cameron
1977 Peter Starkey, Saltglaze, Pitmans, London




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