Black basalt teapot and three cups by Julian Stair

The ceramics of this artist have become increasingly ambitious in scale and in meaning over the years.


Stoneware clay & wisteria cane
Various dimensions
Art Fund grant:
£1,700 ( Total: £3,200)
Acquired in:
Joanna Bird Pottery

Some of his work takes the form of monumental funerary jars, but on a more domestic scale he is best known for his composite groups of teapots and cups. This work is an object of contemplation but alludes to function - a contemporary piece that makes reference to the past. The matt-coloured clays and clean-cut shapes link to a classical English tradition. By contrast, the twiggy wisteria handle could suggest an alternative to the cane handle, an oriental detail conjuring up the Japanese tradition of tea drinking and its related ceremonies.


The artist; Joanna Bird Pottery, London.

Venue details

Ceramic Collection, Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais, ABERYSTWYTH Ceredigion SY23 3DE 01970 622460

Entry details

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