Swindon’s Studio Ceramics Collection includes many delights and surprises from some of the most important and innovative British ceramicists, including Lucy Rie, Hans Coper, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Bernard Leach and Alan Caiger-Smith.
The collection began in 1965 as a teaching resource for art students at the Swindon School of Art. It was then donated to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery to sit alongside our collection of two dimensional modern art. For many years Peter Burgess, the Head of Ceramics at the Swindon School of Art, advised Swindon on growing this fascinating collection.
The collection is varied and includes wheel-thrown vessels by Ray Finch, Ivan Martin and David Leach, exuberant colourful pieces by Kate Malone and Janice Tchalenko, and challenging hand-built ceramics by Gordon Baldwin and Sara Radstone.
Swindon continues to collect ceramics and particularly focuses on contemporary work and on makers with an association with the West Country, such as Sasha Wardell, Peter Holdsworth, Sarah Purvey and Patricia Volk. The Contemporary Art Society has supported the recent acquisitions of a Flow Pot by Fenella Elms and ‘Radioactivitat’ by Grant Aston. In 2015, the Art Fund supported the purchase on an important early perfume bottle by Grayson Perry.
The Ron Sloman Gift
The Ron Sloman Ceramics Gift was established in 2016 in memory of the Bath art dealer Ron Sloman. So far more than 60 contemporary ceramics have been gifted to Swindon by Mark Golder and Brian Thompson. This collection includes the work of Edmund de Waal, Betty Blandino, Masamichi Yoshikawa and Richard Batterham.
The ceramics collection is displayed through a series of three themed exhibitions each year. Please note, not all ceramics are on display and items may be on loan to other public museums. Please contact us in advance for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.