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John Maltby

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figures and trees

Figures and Trees

ceramic 30cm H x 30cm W


John Maltby, born in Linconshire in 1936, is one of Britain's most respected and collected artists and has been working in clay for over 50 years. He taught painting for two and a half years before working with David Leach at Bovey Tracey (1962-1964), whose imagination and philosophy made a profound impression. In 1964, he started his own workshop in Devon.

Having trained with Leach in the Anglo-Oriental tradition he realized on reflection that he had little identification and interest with the great ceramic traditions of China, Japan and the East and was more familiar and excited by Western Artists - Picasso, Klee, Moore & Nicholson and the primitive Wallis. His work has gone through several distinct stylistic periods taking him away from functional pots towards the making of more individual sculptural pieces.

¬†Maltby is widely represented in a number of public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and others in Edinburgh, Aberystwyth, Belfast, Exeter, Leicester, and Faenza in Italy and Hamburg in Germany. He has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and USA.

Sculpture at Leicester College of Art
Sculpture at Goldsmiths College

Craftsmen Potters Association of Great Britain
British Crafts Centre
Advisor to the Leach Archive at the Holbourne of Menstrie Museum, Bath