John Bedding (British b.1947); a large raku vase; with geometric designs highlighted with red under a grey-brown glaze; c.1985; personal seal to side of base; 44cm (17¼ ins) high.
CONDITION: Excellent original condition; no damage.
BIOGRAPHY: John Bedding's career in pottery began in 1964 when he was aged just seventeen. He started out in South London, learning fundamental techniques at commercial potteries and then, in 1966, went on to study at Sir John Cass's School of Art.
He then moved to St Ives in Cornwall, where he worked at Arch Pottery and then the Troika pottery, before moving, in 1969, to the Leach Pottery at which he became a member of the permanent staff in 1973. In 1979, he went to work with Ichino Shigeyoschi at the family pottery at Tachiqui in Japan, a period which was to have a considerable influence on his work.
In 1982, on returning to Cornwall, he founded his own pottery in Penzance, moving two years later to Trencrom, near St. Ives and then in 1990 to St. Ives itself, with a studio and gallery. His work was exhibited at the Tate, St Ives in 1994, at which he was only the second potter invited to exhibit.
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