Elspeth Owen Vessel, Studio Pottery

Elspeth Owen in her words:
I live and work in Grantchester near Cambridge – my workshop is the former village cricket pavilion. My most familiar material is clay and my ceramic work has been widely shown in Britain and in Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and USA.

As a young woman I studied history at Oxford University and worked as an academic, a social worker and a teacher before I started going to pottery evening classes in the mid seventies. In place of an art school training I taught on the legendary Open University course Art and Environment. I have been a feminist since the time when it was called being a member of the Women’s Liberation Movement and a peace protester since the Aldermarston Marches and Greenham Common.

Inspired in part by the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham, I have increasingly moved aside from making finished objects and into work where the passage of time, the live process, is a key element. (For more about this aspect of my work see imagined corners and material woman sections of the site.)

Tender, direct, resilient, with a thin skin: that is how I think my work may touch you. To sustain working in this way means my remaining open to the emotions and sensations of an ordinary life. I keep slipping between categories – life, art, therapy, play, ritual – and find that I’m usually in more than one at a time, and with something up my sleeve!

Public Collections:
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
University of Wales at Aberystwyth
Kunstmuseum, Hamburg, Germany
Leeds City Art Gallery
Cleveland Studio Pottery Collection
Bolton City Art Gallery
Buckinghamshire Museum
Dean Clough Contemporary Art Halifax
Hawkes Bay Museum New Zealand
Deidesheim Ceramics Museum Germany
Paisley Museum
Aberdeen Art Gallery
BA at Gatwick

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