Tea Bowl | By John Pollex
Wheel-thrown earthenware with coloured slip
H. 9 dia. 8.5 cm
About the Artist
John Pollex has carved out a unique niche in the world of studio ceramics. During the 70’s and early 80’s he established himself as a respected maker of traditional English Slipware, before his work took a dramatic turn.
In 1984, after an influential visit to see an exhibition of the late Sir Howard Hodgkins's at the Whitechapel Gallery, Pollex decided to change direction referring to the work of painters such as Sir Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Heron, Mark Rothko and Hans Hoffman. Pollex used his knowledge of slips (liquid clays) to develop a completely different style of working. He dispensed with slip trailers in favour of paintbrushes, sponges and more recently plastic spatulas. The intensely coloured earthenware slips are applied in a free and painterly abstract manner.
John Pollex studied at Sir John Cass in Whitechapel from 1966-68 and was Technician at Harrow College of Art from 1968-70. After Harrow he became assistant to Colin Pearson until 1971 when he moved to Plymouth to set up his own studio. He has exhibited widely through out the UK and in London, Spain, New Zealand and the USA. His work has been featured on television and in numerous publications.
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