The Staithe Gallery

North Norfolk



Artist

Phil Arthur



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.



Bittern
Bittern

Height 40cm

Buff Owl
Buff Owl

Height 28cm

Goose
Goose

Height 36cm

Green Owl
Green Owl

Height 35cm


Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Height 28cm

Partridge
Partridge

Height 28cm

Puffin
Puffin

Height 28cm

Toucan
Toucan

Height 35cm



The Staithe Gallery

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


Tel: 01328 710722
mail@staithe-gallery.co.uk


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