Chris Keenan

Chris Keenan is a potter who was born in 1960 and lives and works in south London and his pieces are in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection, among others. From 1995 to 1997 Chris apprenticed with the well known potter, Edmund de Vaal and the influence of Edmund's work can be seen in the repetition of Chris's work and in the beautiful delicateness of the material. He was taught to throw with Limoges porcelain and it is the only clay with which he has worked. At an early stage in his apprenticeship he used tenmoku and celadon glazes in combination for the first time - largely unaware of their iconic status in the ceramic lexicon.

His pots are about repetition and as he says "One has never been enough." The repetitive nature of his work means that collectors can change the configuration of the pieces, making their own patterns and combinations. He says "From my first clumsy and tentative attempts to throw a cylinder with one pound balls of porcelain, the development and refinement of form through repetition has been a rewarding process of enquiry and exploration. Fortunately, I also find the rhythm inherent to this repetitive process intensely satisfying. My desire for consistency, achieved through careful and considered observation, exists simultaneously alongside the need to re-examine and alter – it is a continuous dialogue."

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1978-81 University of Hull - BA Hons. Drama
1981-82 Postgraduate acting course - London
1982-95 Worked as a professional actor in theatre and television
1995-97 Apprenticed to Edmund de Waal
1998- Working from own studio in London

Member of Contemporary Applied Arts
Fellow of the Craft Potters Association
Chair of The Craft Pottery Charitable Trust

Solo Shows

May 2012 New Craftsman, St Ives
January 2011 Beaux Arts, Bath
January 2009 Beaux Arts, Bath
June 2008 Roger Billcliffe FIne Art, Glasgow
May 2006 Beaux Arts, Bath
May 2005 Spiral Gallery, Settle
April 2004 Beaux Arts, Bath
June 2002 Primavera, Cambridge
November 2001 White Gallery, Hove

Public Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Contemporary Art Society
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Gallery Oldham
mima, Middlesbrough
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
York Art Gallery


October 2006
Best in Show - Awarded by Grand Designs
Magazine at Origin - The London Craft Fair

October 2005
Best Domestic Product - Evening Standard
Homes and Property Award at the Chelsea
Craft Fair

January 1999
Crafts Council setting-up grant