John Brazendale

Ceramics, Sculpture

Art Foundation at Swansea College of Art Fine Art Ceramics Degree at Central St.Martins School of Art & Design
Head of Expressive Arts, St. Bartholomew's School Newbury. Chair Open Studios West Berks, North Hants

I work in The Cloud Studio, situated in Newbury, which overlooks my garden. I've been here for many years since retiring from teaching at St. Bartholomew's School. My studio is usually open most days but to be sure and avoid disappointment, just email or give me a ring.

If you are interested in my work and want to see my studio, you might like to email me to be added to my mailing list. I can then contact you to let you know when I next have an OPEN Day.

I started my ceramics journey as a 'thrower' experiencing clay for the first time in 6th form 'General Studies' Art lessons at Penlan School in Swansea. Art Foundation widened that experience but still didn't prepare me for the teaching at the Central School of Art & Design in London. It was a world apart.
Fine Art Ceramics was embraced and has since become what I believe to be my way of working with clay. A ceramic object might but doesn't necessarily have to have a function. It can exist in its own right. Many pieces I make are ceramic sculptures. The influence of art history, a product of my teaching, can be seen in a range of work and most recently in my new hand-built ceramic walls which were inspired by Ben Nicholson & Wassily Kandinsky.
Other threads which run through my work are 'humour', as seen in my Jungle collection where 'Pandemoniums of Parrots' and 'Nests of Vipers' can be found amongst 'Troops of Howler Monkeys'. My love of gardening can be seen within my Black Lily and Bearded Iris series.
I work exclusively in stoneware and porcelain clays using both hand building and throwing techniques. The application of glazes has always been an opportunity to experiment, in particular, overglazing then rubbing through to reveal the clay underneath is a favourite of mine.

Opening Dates and Times

September 2021
If you would like to visit The Cloud Studio, Newbury in May this year, please use the link below to arrange a time. If you'd rather not book, just turn up and if busy take a seat in the garden and watch the birds.
My September dates are now published, hope you can make it.
September 2021


2, Smallridge
Andover Rd
RG20 0LH
The Cloud Studio is situated off the Andover Rd between Conifer Crest and Wash Water. (The Woodpecker)
Working studio