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ABOUT THE MAKER

 I was born in Salisbury,  Wilts. In 1942.

My later decision to make a living by working with clay came from two influences.  Firstly, the enthusiasm of Richard Cusden, the Art Teacher at Bishop Wordsworth School who introduced me to throwing on the potter’s wheel and secondly from delving about in the New Forest Romano-British kiln sites close to my home.

My first career, however, was in cartography and photogrammetry.  This began during a period of residence in Australia and continued in the UK, Middle East, South America and Canada where I and my new bride Jackie lived for many years in the 1960’s. I began potting for a living  after our return to England in 1972.  Initially with Pru Greene at Alvingham, Lincs.  and  then with Alan  Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston Pottery.  In 1979 I established my own workshop at Collingbourne Kingston, in my native Wiltshire.  Here, with Jackie keeping the paperwork up to date and welcoming enquiries, I work alone, fulfilling commissions, preparing for exhibitions and shows and keeping the display area stocked.  

My work, whilst not being imitative, doubtless reflects my interest in both the aims and influences of the Arts and Crafts Movement and in Islamic design traditions.  I am a visiting tutor at the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts department of the Prince’s Foundation, London and a fellow of the British Craft Potters Association.

 

 

Selected Bibliography

 

LAURENCE McGOWAN   Exhibition catalogue with essay by

Malcolm Haslam

Richard Dennis Publications

POTTERY, PEOPLE AND TIME   Alan Caiger-Smith

Richard Dennis Publications

LETTERING ON CERAMICS   Mary White

A & C Black

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION   Carolyn Genders

A & C Black

ELEGANT SOLUTIONS   The Craftsman Magazine July 2003

www.craftsman-magazine.com/issues/144/laurence_mcgowan.php

A POTTER’S PRIMER   Morgen Hall

Krause Publications

WORKING TO COMMISSION   Hannah Wingrave

Ceramics in Society  Spring 2001

The Last Word in Craft and Design  CRAFT & DESIGN

July/August issue 2007

 

 

 

Television

LAURENCE McGOWAN PAINTS A JUG   One from a series of ‘Handmade’ films

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Throwing a Jug