Walter Keeler


The pottery tradition is at the heart of all my work. Pottery for use has been central to all settled human communities. Seldom merely functional, it has been a vehicle for expression and the fulfilment of a delight in the pleasure of handling a sensual and incredibly versatile material; the useful bound up with the intellect and the imagination.

I discovered pottery as a boy, becoming intimate with fragments of ancient pots picked up on the beaches of the Thames in London. They infiltrated my mind and my senses, giving me an insight to the syntax of thrown pottery; a sense of what is authentic, which I only fully understood as I gained experience in the craft.

So my work is informed by my passion for pots from the past, but also by making and firing, and the world and times in which I live. Sometimes I make simple useful things like mugs or jugs, on other occasions my work is less straightforward, making demands, even challenging the user to negotiate with an unexpected pot to do an ordinary job. I hope my pottery brings with its seriousness, some humour and sensual pleasure.

Born  1942

Education
1994-02
 Professor of Ceramics UWE Bristol
1958-63  Harrow School of Art, NDD Pottery

Awards
2008
 Arts Council of Wales, Creative Wales Major Award, to enable time for creative development.
2007  Welsh Artist of the Year, presentation St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Selected Exhibitions
2012
  Exhibition Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana.
2011  Through Fifty, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Functional Ceramics, mixed exhibition, Oxford Ceramics at Oxford Town Hall
Collect, with Ruthin Craft Centre Gallery at Saatchi Gallery, London
2010  Permanent installation of working processes display, Ceramics Study Galleries, Victoria & Albert Museum
Studio, The Ruthin Craft Centre Galleries
Ceramics Ireland International Festival, exhibition and workshop Kilkenny/Thomastown.
Masterclass with Ryoji Koie, Ceramics department Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Demonstration and lecture, Tredeger House, Newport
2009  Age of Experience, The Ruthin Craft Centre Galleries
Welsh Table, The Ruthin Craft Centre Galleries
Tablewares – An International Collection, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2008  Walter Keeler, An Artist’s Selection, Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

Public collections
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Crafts Council Collection
The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Stoke-on-Trent City Museum
MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)
American Craft Museum, New York
Los Angeles Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
National Museum of Sweden,
Sèvres Museum of Ceramics, France
Musée Ariana, Geneva
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

 

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