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John Maltby

John Maltby has been creating ceramics since 1962. His work has gone through several phases. From making domestic pottery he moved to making individual pieces in the mid 1970s, with the emphasis on semi-abstract decoration of conventional forms. In the 1980s the pots themselves started to become more conceptual. From 1996 Maltby started to make small sculptures and has remained doing so to the present day. He has an international reputation for the sheer originality and power of his imagery. Both current and past work is eagerly sought after. Read more.....

John Maltby was born in 1936. He originally trained as a sculptor but took up pottery after two years spent with David Leach, son of Bernard Leach, at his Lowerdown Pottery in Bovey Tracey, Devon. However, domestic ware eventually gave way to individual pieces that allowed Maltby to use them as canvasses in order to represent the world as he saw it. In time the pots themselves became more conceptual and sculptural, for example his flat jugs and spade vases, and the decoration more abstract. Maltby's return to sculpture in 1996 freed him from the medium of the 'pot' in order to create a powerful imagery, largely figurative, of his world. This world is very English and traditional. Every piece draws you in, looking for or creating for yourself the story behind it.

John Maltby's work is to be found in many public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has been exhibited worldwide. He has given lectures widely in England. From 1979 to 1982 he was a visiting lecturer at Kunsthandverksskole in Bergen, Norway and in 1987-88 he taught at Berne and Basel in Switzerland.