Matthew Warner

‘Pots fascinate me because they embody and articulate nuanced details about society and culture. They are relics or signals of taste, social behaviour and cultural history. These everyday objects span social divides and convey very concentrated messages about their owners and their environment.’

Matthew Warner is widely admired for his comprehensive body of elegant tableware. He is now moving away from functional ware in order to explore pots as a relevant medium through which to discuss themes relating to contemporary society. He sees pots are as being capable of communicating information, ideas and beliefs about lifestyle, status and taste: they are social objects.

Josiah Wedgwood provided the spark and reference point for Warner’s more recent work which is about the status of form, function and material and the perceived cultural and social value of the objects that we choose to have in our homes. He is not trying to redesign Wedgwood pieces; rather, he is using these forms because he believes they are an appropriate vehicle through which to discuss these ideas. Imitating Wedgwood is not Warner’s intention: rather, he is interpreting his own work as a studio potter. He says: ‘Studio pottery is imbued with its own language and history, and it is through the juxtaposition of recognisable forms from our industrial age and the language of studio pottery that I hope to start a conversation.’


  • 2012-15 Studio Assistant to Julian Stair
  • 2009-12 BA (Hons) Ceramics, Camberwell College of Art, London


  • 2017 Jill Humphrey Springboard Prize
  • 2015 Clear Award, Cockpit Arts
  • 2014 Membership, Craft Potters Association
  • 2012 Eranda Scholar, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 Necessities of Life, Joanna Bird, London
  • 2016 Made by Hand II, Katrina Grahame, Great Wigborough
  • 2016 Cockpit Arts Open Studio, London
  • 2016 Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London
  • 2015 Present and Collect, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2015 Racheline Michaels Contemporary Ceramics, London
  • 2015 Made by Hand, clay and wood, Katrina Grahame, Great Wigborough
  • 2015 Grow, with Maud and Mabel, London
  • 2015 Royal Warrant Holders Annual Luncheon, Hilton Hotel Park Lane, London
  • 2015 The New Craftsmen, Chelsea Flower Show, London
  • 2015 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2014 Clay, Cloth and Wood, London
  • 2014 Dulwich Open House, London
  • 2014 Made by Hand, clay & wood, Katrina Grahame, Great Wigborough
  • 2014 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2013 The Garage, The New Craftsmen, London
  • 2013 Coronation Festival, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, Buckingham Palace, London
  • 2013 Royal Warrant Holders Annual Luncheon, Hilton Hotel Park Lane, London
  • 2013 Dulwich Festival Open House, London
  • 2012 The New Craftsmen Pop-up Shop, Carlos Place, London

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