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  • Barry Stedman

    Barry Stedman

    Straight away I realised I wanted to combine the two things – ceramics and drawing. I tended to do figurative stuff, and was looking to find a more abstract way of working. Making vessels and paintings really worked for me.

    Maker's Story

    Celebrated ceramicist Barry Stedman creates painterly, three-dimensional ceramic canvases that explore abstract expressionism.

    Energetic, vibrant and joyful his work is inspired by his sketches and paintings of nature as well as the work of painters such as Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens and Gerhard Richter.

    Barry studied Ceramics at the University of Westminster and also worked as an assistant at Edmund de Waal’s studio.

    The Process

    Most of my work is made with red earthenware clay, and is usually wheel thrown and altered or constructed from soft slabs and then painted with coloured slips, stains and oxides.

    I enjoy working with simple vessel forms, exploring and developing exciting relationships between colour, texture and form.

    I try to spend time drawing and painting outside which helps to inform my ideas, often influenced by the shapes, colours, light and atmosphere in the places that surround me at the time.

    Previous Exhibitions

    The Painted Vessel, Hay Festival Exhibition

    19 May - 30 Jun, 2018

    Image Source: Barry Stedman