The Staithe Gallery

North Norfolk

26 Staithe Street
Wells-next-the-Sea
Norfolk. NR23 1AF

01328 710722


Phil Arthur - Potter

Toucan
Toucan
Height 35cm
£185
Puffin
Puffin
Height 28cm
£175
Partridge
Partridge
Height 28cm
£165
Buff Owl
Buff Owl
Height 28cm
£165


Green Owl
Green Owl
Height 35cm
£165
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Height 28cm
£175
Goose
Goose
Height tbc
£185
Bittern
Bittern
Height tbc
£175
 

Phil trained at Farnham School of Art and Epsom College of Art and Design in the years 1970 to 1974 studying vocational ceramics.

Having been a production wheel thrower, making functional domestic ware, he become increasingly interested in the freedom and scope of the handbuilding techniques.

He has developed a line of bird and animal form pots using thrown shapes as the basis for altering and constructing. As a potter rather than a sculptor Phil tries to retain the essential essence of a pot, a vessel, whilst being prepared to ditch all other constraints.

His characterful bird pots are inspired by, and follow in the tradition of 17th century English slipware owl jugs but have been taken a step further, allowing influence of Pre-Colombian vessels and the pots of Piccasso.

Each lidded jug is assembled from individual wheel-thrown and altered pieces. They are made in terracotta clay, slip painted and decorated with scraffitto.

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