Chris Keenan

Material: Ceramics | Location: London
I have been making pots for nigh on twenty-five years. I started in late 1995 as Edmund de Waal’s first apprentice and worked with him for two years.

The work is always thrown and turned; the clay is Limoges porcelain; the glazes are predominantly tenmoku & celadon and combinations thereof and the work is reduction-fired in my gas kiln.

I make work for interior spaces - for use and decoration. Mugs, cups, teapots, pourers, beakers, pots for flowers. I also go off-piste occasionally with “extra-curricular” work - series or groups of pots/forms that owe less to function, often with an interactive element.

I exhibit across the UK and internationally. My work is held in the permanent collections of museums including the V&A, the Ashmolean and the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan. I have undertaken residencies in the UK and Japan and have been teaching in the UK and abroad since 2011.

Image: Pam Seale Photography (2020)
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