Geoffrey Swindell British, b. 1945

'Some people say my ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, some just remnants turning slowly to dust. Others see unidentified objects from a far away galaxy, not sure whether they are organic or constructed, friendly or malevolent. My first experience as an artist was as a painter learning to paint classic illustrative images and then moving on to canvases that were purely abstract expressions of emotion through colour and texture. When I became a potter I carried this involvement with surface qualities through to my ceramics creating objects that are not just simply coated in glaze but have an essential and inseparable relationship of form and surface.

 

‘I make all parts of the pieces on the potters wheel creating a thick section to be trimmed and thinned with sharp steel tools when leather hard. Some pieces are textured by tapping the surface with a multi-pointed wire brush, ball ended tools and various sticks. The fine characterless texture and whiteness of Porcelain gives a good bright ground to enhance the colour rather like a pure white canvas. I use an Air brush to spray the surface of the forms with colours allowing me to build up overlapping layers of slip, glaze and oxides.'

 

Geoffrey Swindell was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1945. He left school at 15 in 1960 and went to Art College to get enough experience to apply to become an apprentice face painter of Doulton figurines. After studying painting, a summer job at the pottery at Alton Towers inspired Geoffrey to become a potter. He completed his MA in Fine Art at The Royal College of Art in 1970, and lectured at Cardiff Metropolitan University until 2003.

 

Geoffrey’s work has been included in many international exhibitions and publications with solo shows in London and New York. Examples are held in over forty museums and public collections throughout the world including the Victoria and Albert in London and the National Museum of Wales. Geoffrey currently lives and works in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, and is continuing to work in his studio.