Bluecoat Display Centre – Walter Keeler

imageIn The Window Series – Walter Keeler Ceramics. 1 to 31 October 2008

Walter Keeler is one of the UK’s top contemporary potters, and is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.

Walter was born in London in 1942 and completed his NDD in Ceramics at Harrow School of Art under Victor Margrie and Michael Casson, and later returned there to teach. In 1975 he joined Bristol Polytechnic’s Faculty of Art and Design as a part-time lecturer. In 1994 he became the Professor of Ceramics at the newly named University of the West of England and a Reader in Ceramics both posts that he retained until 2002.

Walter Keeler has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions including the 1991’Colours of Earth’, British Council show that toured India, solo exhibitions at the Leeds City Art Gallery in 1993, Peter’s Barn Gallery, Sussex, in 1998 and the following year at Contemporary Applied Arts in London. He had work included in a Crafts Council show from the ‘Jerwood Shortlist Exhibition’ in 2001 and in 2003 in ‘Modern Ceramic Art from an International Perspective’ at the Museum of Modern Art, Gifu, Japan.
Walter Keeler’s work is featured in many notable international public collections that include the Crafts Council, the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Museum of Wales, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Los Angeles County Museum, American Craft Museum and the National Museum of Sweden.
Walter Keeler’s pottery is mainly domestic and functional in salt glazed stoneware or, more rarely, earthenware. He set up his first studio in Buckinghamshire in 1965, and has been at his current studio in Penallt in Wales, 10 miles north of the Severn Road Bridge, since 1976.

Walter says his influences include among other things, Greek Pottery, Roman Glass, eighteenth century Staffordshire Wares and tin oil cans