Teapot

Clive Bowen moved to Appledore in the 1960s and had a four year apprenticeship with Michael Leach in Yelland, North Devon, from 1965 to 1959. He was employed throwing pots at Brannams in Barnstaple in the 1970s and had his own pottery at Shebbear in North Devon from 1971. Bowen visited Michael Cardew at Cardew’s pottery at Wenford Bridge near Bodmin, and was 'inspired by his example'.
This teapot is a classic Clive Bowen teapot shape and has a potter’s mark which dates the pot to between 1971-1975. Bowen only marked pots in the first years at Shebbear Pottery. He was Influenced by the Japanese philosopher, Soetsu Yanagi’s book, The Unknown Craftsmen (1972), and latterly believed it was better not to mark pots, allying his work with the unknown makers of earlier domestic pottery.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
24/2016
Collection Class
Studio ceramics
Common Name
teapot
Simple Name
teapot
Period Classification
Modern (1945-)
Production Town
Shebbear
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
C1970
Production Person Initials
Clive
Production Person Surname
Bowen
Production Year Low
1970
Production Year High
1971

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