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Chris Keenan

 

Chris Keenan - celadon rocking bowl

Chris Keenan – celadon rocking bowl

Chris Keenan

Chris attended the University of Hull, obtaining a BA Hons Drama, followed by a Post Graduate acting course in London. He worked as a professional actor in theatre and television for 13 years.  He then decided to start an apprenticeship as a potter with Edmund de Waal.  Three years later, Chris opened his own studio in London.

Memberships:

  • Member of the Craft Potters Association
  •  Member of Contemporary Applied Arts

Award:

  • Crafts Council Setting Up Grant

His work:

Chris makes functional porcelain pots including one-off bowls, flasks and lidded jars, together with a range of domestic ware: cups, beakers, pourers and teapots.    He now works from his own studio and, is exhibiting and selling widely around the country.  All the work is thrown Limoges porcelain, glazed using combinations of tenmoku and a deep celadon, and then reduction-fired in a gas kiln to 1280° C.

Chris says: “I make pots that I hope can lead multifarious lives in domestic environments. Of the forms present in the work there are some I frequently re-visit and re-work – the beaker, the bowl, the bottle and the lidded jar.  A particular love of the bowl continues to offer formal and technical challenges – I feel I could make them until the cows come home and still experience near equal degrees of satisfaction and frustration.”

Exhibitions include:

  • Primavera                                                                                          Cambridge
  • Joanna Bird (SOFA)                                                                         Chicago
  • Galerie Besson                                                                                  London
  • Joanna Bird                                                                                       London
  • Beatrice Royal Gallery                                                                     Southampton
  • Ruskin Gallery                                                                                  Sheffield
  • Tate Gallery of Modern Art                                                              London
  • Mead Gallery                                                                                    Warwick
  • Crafts Council at the V & A                                                              London