Walter Keeler Biography

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Walter Keeler was born in London in 1942. He trained at Harrow School of Art and established his first studio at Bledlow Bridge, Buckinghamshire in 1965. In 1976 he moved his pottery to Wales. He has always held a succession of teaching posts, and continues to lecture on ceramics around the world. Since the 1970s he has concentrated on functional pots in reduced stoneware and saltglaze, with the recent addition of a range of earthenware.

He produces a variety of sculptural domestic ware and has a reputation for being an innovative potter. He is perhaps best known for his experimentation with the "oil can" form and with interesting, varied saltglaze effects.

EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:

2008
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

In the Window, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

2006
Table Manners, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, Cumbria

2004
SOFA, Chicago

National Eisteddfod, Newport, Wales - Gold Medal Winner

Walter Keeler Retrospective, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dundee

2003
Modern Ceramic Art from an International Perspective, Museum of

Modern Art, Gifu, Japan

2002
Contemporary Ceramics, London (solo)

Two person show Centru, GOED WERK, Zulte, Belgium

2001
Contemporary Applied Art Exhibition, Sotheby's London

Jerwood Shortlist Exhibition, Crafts Council, London

2000
Candover Gallery, Hampshire (solo)

Derek Topp Gallery, Derbyshire (solo)

British Ceramics, 2000.dk Keramikmuseet, Grimmerhus, Denmark

1998
Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany (solo)

1997
Brook Street Gallery, Hay-on Wye

1996
British Saltglaze, Keramik Galerie Hilde Holstein, Bremen, Germany

1995
Rufford Crafts Centre Nottingham - One Man Show & Retrospective

1994
Teapots, Crafts Council, London

1993
Leeds City Art Gallery (solo)

1991
The Oxford Gallery, Oxford

1990
Wako Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1989/93/99
Contemporary Applied Art, London (solo 1989/1999)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS INCLUDE:

Crafts Council, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Museum of Wales, Stoke-on-Trent City Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, American Craft Museum, National Museum of Sweden, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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