Ben Barker has been a studio potter for over 40 years, having graduated with an Honours degree in ceramics at the Froebel Institute in London. Initially he taught art in a secondary school before starting his first Pottery in East Anglia where for ten years he made a wide range of reduction fired domestic stoneware. The work was fired in a 60 cubic foot catenary arch gas kiln which he built to accommodate a large production of over 100 different items. He subsequently moved to West Sussex where he worked mainly in porcelain and as Head of Department in the independent sector taught ceramics and sculpture. In 2014 having spent his childhood living in Falmouth Ben returned to Cornwall and established Chy Gwynn Pottery in the rural village of Cusgarne near Truro.
The focus of his current ceramics is hand thrown black and white porcelain but as illustrated in the galleries of this website he also works in other genres. Ben's work is sold from the Pottery and online shop, exhibitions and selected galleries in the UK and at auction.
He provides tuition on the potter's wheel wheel which accommodates for all abilities and is popular with local people as well as visitors on holiday in Cornwall. As artist in residence, Ben works with students in schools and colleges and offers demonstrations and workshops for pottery groups and other societies. He regularly participates in festivals and Artists' Open Studios.
In addition to private commissions several murals have been undertaken for County councils and corporations and his ceramics are represented in museums, permanent collections and journals.
Ben is a member of the Craft Potters' Association of Great Britain, the Cornwall Crafts Association with galleries at Trelissick and Trelowarren, the Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group and a founder member of the co-operative society for artists Steyning Arts.
Textile artist Bobbin Saunders also has her studio at Chy Gwynn. She specialises in machine embroidery and makes intricately stitched landscape pictures, small exquisite boxes, jewellery and cards which are for sale in the Pottery shop.
For more information visit her Facebook page.