Anthea Bowen

I made my first pot at the age of six when I accompanied my mum to her evening classes. Mum was a talented potter and I have a few pieces of her work, which I love for their liveliness, their evocation of the 1960’s and of course the fact that she made them!

I rekindled my affection with clay in 2003, fitting in pottery classes around my work as a photographic producer and family commitments. For the last few years I have been a regular attendee at Richard Phethean’s classes. Richard is a slipware master and his generous teaching style has been key in my own development as a potter. I love getting stuck into new projects and I also really enjoy the social aspect and friendships that have developed from the shared learning and enjoyment of all things clay!

In 2016 I decided to free up more time to focus on and develop my pottery style and skills. As I became more immersed in the processes of making, I found that the things that excited me most about ceramics were the subtlety of form, how a line or glaze affects that form, the freedom of marks and the transmission of energy and soul that each potter expresses in the form of a pot.

This year the dream to create my own pottery studio has been realised, and I am fortunate to now be working in my own space. I am looking forward to my ongoing pottery journey, collaborating with other potters, learning new techniques and finding new sources of inspiration to inform my work.

Drawing by kind permission of Clive Blackmore