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:

Walter Keeler

Born: 1942, UK, England, London

Ceramicist. One of the UK’s leading ceramic artists with an international reputation, Keeler studied at Harrow School of Art, noted for training production potters, and established his first studio in 1965 at Bledlow Bridge, Buckinghamshire, England where he produced domestic stoneware. In 1976 he moved to Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wales and created an innovative range of salt-glaze stoneware for which he quickly developed an international reputation.

The designs draw on eighteenth century Staffordshire moulded pottery, the forms of Roman blown glass and old-fashioned metal milk churns and oil cans. Meticulously crafted, the work has a characteristic grey colour and orange-peel surface typical of salt-glaze firing.

Since the 1990s Keeler has produced new ranges of work based on fluid cream and green decoration reminiscent of early Staffordshire wares. His work relates to domestic pottery and is often functional, but always challenges the viewer with its playful approach to form. Keeler taught at the University of the West of England, Bristol where he was professor until his retirement in 2003. In 2007 he was named Welsh Artist of the Year.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Dish] C1047 Ceramics

[Jug] C1048 Ceramics

[Jug] C1049 Ceramics

[Jug] C1148 Ceramics

[Serving Dish] C1130 Ceramics

[Teapot] C1050 Ceramics

[Teapot] C1129 Ceramics

[Teapot] C1498 Ceramics