Graham Williamson describes in his own words his involvement in the studio pottery and ceramic art world since the 1960’s:

My introduction to clay took place when I was sixteen at York School of Art in the mid sixties where I embarked on a pre diploma course, later to become known as a foundation course.

During this time I met the late potter David Lloyd Jones who was a tutor at that time and who made a considerable impact on me sparking my interest in throwing and studio pottery. Although I didn’t realise it then I was to spend many more years in Art education both as a student and a member of staff. Having completed a degree course in ceramics at Cardiff College of Art I returned to York and spent three years working in a commercial pottery.

(L) Graham Williamson (C) Geoffrey Swindell (R) David Lloyd Jones

Following this I accepted a job as a technician in the Ceramics Department at York School of Art where I met Geoffrey Swindell (the well known and greatly respected maker of small scale porcelain). My association and friendship with Geoff continued and when he became a lecturer in Cardiff in 1975 I subsequently followed him to Cardiff as a technician in the Ceramics Department in 1979. In the years from 1979 to 2009 I worked as a glaze technician and was lucky enough to be part of a highly regarded team of staff on the Ceramics course with a considerable reputation.

It brought me into contact with other educators and ceramicist such as Frank Vining, Alan Barrett-Danes, Peter Starkey, Nick Homoky as well as a cohort of visiting lecturers which included Mick Casson, Mo Jupp, Walter Keeler and Takeshi Yasuda to name but a few. The introduction of an MA course in 1982 under the leadership of Michael Hose and later by Peter Castle provided added impetus to an already thriving department, and subsequently a PhD programme was also introduced.

Staff and friends at the Ceramics Department in Cardiff

In the years to come several talented students were to emerge and develop successful careers as ceramic artists and makers such as Sara Moorehouse, Paul Wearing, Jin Eui Kim, Claire Curneen, Michael Flynn , Jeremy James, Nicholas Lees, Neal Brownsword, and Anthony and Nicola Theakston have all become well known, along with many others.

It demonstrates the diversity and richness of approach that Cardiff encouraged and promoted over many years.

Looking back I am hugely grateful for the way in which ceramics has enriched my life over the years and continues to do so. I retired in 2009 and established a purpose built work shop near the Cotswolds where I now make full-time .

I have recently become a selected member of the CPA and pieces of my work are for sale on the Cambridge Ceramics website and also can be seen on my website www.gw-ceramics.co.uk.

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