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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

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Display artist/maker:

Elspeth Owen

Born: 1938, UK

Ceramicist. She studied History at Oxford University and Social Administration at the London School of Economics. While training as a psychotherapist in the mid-seventies, she began making pots at evening classes at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts, where Zoë Ellison taught her. Her interest in pottery developed whilst living in New Guinea with her husband and two sons. On her return, she showed some pots to Henry Rothschild who put some of her pieces into a large show at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. Since the late 1970s, she has led many workshops and has exhibited widely. She was BP Craft Fellow at Briton Ferry Special School in South Wales (1987), and was artist-in-residence at Verulanium Museum, St. Albans (1989). Using a broad range of clays, she constructs a pot through a combination of pinching and thinning and fires them using low firing temperatures. The pots remain porous with only a very fragile barrier between the outside and the inside. She has been active in the Women's Movement and is a member of the Cambridge Peace Collective. Her work is represented in collections throughout the UK and abroad

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Vessel] C1151 Ceramics