Peter Beard


Peter Beard

First encountered clay as a small child, and whilst studying for his degree in industrial design and furniture design at Ravensbourne College of Art in London (1970-1973) was able to spend time in the ceramics department. On finishing college he helped set up a pottery in Scotland making thrown domestic stoneware. He opened my first studio in Kent in 1975, making mainly sculptural pieces. His current studio is in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

He makes thrown and hand-built pieces in oxidised stoneware fired to 1280°C, using combinations of matt and semi-matt glazes and coloured clays, built up in layers prior to firing to create textural surfaces in a range of pastel shades and some stronger colours. Some surfaces are ground back to reveal the intricate patterns within the structure. Wax resist is used extensively to create patterns and to isolate the glaze layers during application.  He also works in bronze and some stone, in addition to ceramics.

Has exhibited regularly in group exhibitions and one-man shows since 1975 in Britain and abroad.


Peter Beard

Green round pot on three twisted feet

15.5 x 17.5 x 15.0 cm

Provenance: Markethouse Gallery, Marazion


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