Approved: 16.08.2006

Delan Cookson

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
My long life in ceramics is divided into three distinct phases; the first was involved with 'hard edge' assemblages of tubes, cones and spheres (1960's). The second phase explored the sculptural potential of 'squeezed' forms. My large 'Egg Press' (1975) was made from slabbed and throne stoneware, porcelain and melted glass. The last and present phase (since 1988) has been concerned with

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  • Location: Hayle, South West
 

Biography

Concepts My long life in ceramics is divided into three distinct phases; the first was involved with 'hard edge' assemblages of tubes, cones and spheres (1960's). The second phase explored the sculptural potential of 'squeezed' forms. My large 'Egg Press' (1975) was made from slabbed and throne stoneware, porcelain and melted glass. The last and present phase (since 1988) has been concerned with the making of a fine pot, using porcelain clay on the wheel. Designing bowls, bottles and vases to act as focal points in a domestic interior. The aim is to produce a satisfying balanced finely crafted form. The whiteness of the clay giving added brilliance to my coloured glazes.Career path Trained at Bournemouth College of Art and the Central School, London. Gained NDD in Painting, and ATD. Taught for twenty eight years ending up as Course Leader for Ceramics and Glass at Bucks College of Higher Education. After leaving in 1988 I set up a workshop in Cornwall and have worked there ever since. I gained a Churchill Fellowship in 1966 and toured American potters for three months. I also gained a two month scholarship at Kecskemet in Hungary in 1985. I won a Gold Medal at the 1974 Vallauris International Exhibition for my ceramic sculpture.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2001 - Karen Pawley and Declan Cookson, Chase Art Gallery, Wadebridge 1999 - The Chapel Gallery, Saltram House, Plymouth 1998 - Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University 1993 - Recent work, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham Group exhibitions 2003 - Cornish Makers, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh 2003 - Finely Fired, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff 2002 - Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelissick, Truro 2002 - Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelowarren, Helston 2001 - Cornwall Crafts Association 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro 2000 - New Crafts, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham 1999 - Cornish Art and Craft, Beatrice Royal Galleries, Eastleigh