School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Mike Dodd

Born: 1943, UK, England, Surrey, Sutton

Ceramicist. Dodd studied pottery under Donald Potter (a student of Eric Gill) while at school in Dorset. He studied medicine at Cambridge for three years before an interest in Zen Buddhism directed him back towards pottery. He undertook a postgraduate course in Ceramics at Hammersmith School of Art (1966-67) and shortly afterwards set up his own workshop.

Dodd has worked with various kilns, including building a wood-fired Korean climbing kiln in 1975 in Cornwall using local materials to make the bricks. A year later he built another kiln in Peru where he spent six months working for the ‘Amuesha Indian Project’. He specialises in making reduction-fired, utilitarian stoneware, largely influenced by Chinese, Korean and Medieval English pottery.

Throughout his career Dodd has preferred to use local materials wherever his workshops are – from Cornwall to Carlisle and most recently Somerset. He has held many teaching positions in art colleges and published his autobiography, titled ‘An Autobiography of Sorts’, in 2004.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Bottle] C1201 Ceramics