Barry Stedman British, b. 1965
"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."
Barry Stedman’s ceramics are that of a painter – influenced by his drawings, sketches and paintings of nature. He prefers to work with strong, simple forms, often in series, exploring a particular theme thrown up by a place, a drawing or a memory. The qualities of texture, energy of applied glazes and variety of colour from lightly applied subtle layers to vibrant splashes give his work a joyful, vibrant feel. Thrown on the wheel, his pots are manipulated into irregular, but simple shapes, and low fired to enhance the colour.
Barry Stedman was born in Watford in 1965. In 2009, he gained a BA (Hons) Ceramics from the University of Westminster, Harrow Campus with a First Class Honours. He then spent a year as an assistant at Edmund de Waal’s studio in London.
2020 ‘Making Space’ Edmund de Waal Studio, London
‘Ceramic Art London’, Central St Martins, London
2019 ‘Ceramic Art London’, Central St Martins, London
2018 York Ceramic Art Fair, York
2016 ‘Ceramic Art London’, Central St Martins, London
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
‘Coast’ Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
A SPACE TO BREATHEPost-lockdown contemporary paintings and ceramics 3 Jul - 31 Aug 2021St Ives Porthminster Gallery's upcoming exhibition 'A Space to Breathe' opens on Saturday 3rd July, with a breath of fresh air at the launch of artist and "gallery favourite" Nick Bodimeade's new series of post-lockdown paintings. The exhibition will also debut fresh new paintings and ceramics made during those trying times by permanent gallery artists, Joanne Last, Freya Horsley, Barry Stedman and Geoffrey Swindell.
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RELOCATION11 Sep - 24 Oct 2020The opening collection at our new premises at 22 Fore Street is a changing showcase of artworks by some of the many established and emerging British Artists whom we represent,...
COAST 20204 Jul - 5 Sep 2020A colourful and uplifting exhibition celebrating the unique beauty of the Cornish coast through the varied mediums and creative approaches of selected gallery artists: Andrew Bird, Sara Dudman RWA ,...
WINTER SHOW 20199 Nov 2019 - 4 Jan 2020Porthminster Gallery welcomes winter with a mixed exhibition highlighting paintings by gallery artist Masako Tobita , ceramics by Charlotte Jones and Barry Stedman , and exclusive new collections of...
LANDSCAPE ABSTRACTED30 Mar - 11 May 2019Porthminster Gallery hosts its second specially curated exhibition of 2019 with this selling show of collectable paintings and ceramics by four well-established artists. The ongoing engagement in each artist's work...
COAST 10: EIGHT ARTISTS AND THE SEA13 May - 10 Jun 2017We are very excited to announce our tenth coastal-themed exhibition 'COAST 10', celebrating the wonderful Cornish coastline through the eyes of eight of your favourite established painters and ceramicists: