John Brazendale

Site Number: 69
Ceramics, Sculpture
Ceramic wall with Pierced and Impressed Still Life design: approx 300mm(h)

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.

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

11am to 5pm. Friday 13th and Friday 20th May are by appointment only. Please make an appointment using the Eventbrite link below


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