Green Jug, thrown and modelled earthenware with Whieldon-style glaze, 2015, Ht 38.5cm
Gift from Sir Nicholas Goodison FBA, November 2015
Walter Keeler studied at Harrow School of Art and Hornsey College of Art. After establishing his first studio in Buckinghamshire, he moved to Wales in 1976. Besides his life as a working potter he has been active as a teacher, lecturing regularly and serving as professor of Ceramics at the University of the West of England 1996-2002. He became known in the 1980s for his experimentation with the process of high gloss salt glaze which was much used in medieval times and in England on an industrial scale in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He also developed the use of lead glazes after studying the North Staffordshire ware of Thomas Whieldon (1719-95), leading him to experiment with layers of colour. His eccentric shapes are often decorated with extrusions such as thorns which echo fragments of objects found on boyhood mudlarking expeditions along the Thames. His work is in many public collections.
Vase, thrown and modelled earthenware with Whieldon-style glaze, 2005, Ht 48cm.
Commissioned by the British Academy, 2005.