Large Amber Lidded Jar | By Roelof Uys
H. 27 x w. 18 cm
About the Artist
Roelof Uys studied art at East London Technical College in South Africa. He founded his first ceramics studio in Limpopo province in 1992, where he collaborated with potter Solomon Matatoko. He went on to work in Kynsna as a resident potter at Bitou Crafts, founded by Clementina van der Walt. Roelof then started his own production pottery in Cape Town, where he served on the committee of the Western Cape Potters Association.
Roelof moved to the UK in 1998, where he worked as a studio potter in the Gaolyard Studios, St Ives. He took up his role as Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery in 2013.
‘It was a great honour to be offered the roll of Lead Potter here at the Leach. I hope to continue working in a tradition that has influenced and inspired so many artists from all over the world. I am always mindful that I stand on the shoulders of giants.’
About the Leach Pottery
Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery, St Ives, is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of Studio Pottery in the UK and beyond. Scores of potters, students and apprentices, from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to train, creating a uniquely international environment in the heart of Cornwall and maintaining the Pottery's creative principle of East/West exchange. Today, the Leach Pottery Studio, Museum and Gallery continue developing Bernard Leach's historic legacy.
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