Geoffrey Swindell is a long established maker and uniquely can be described as a ceramic miniaturist. He last exhibited here in 2015 when his work was very well received.
Some people observe that Geoffrey’s ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, some just remnants turning slowly to dust. Others see unidentified objects from far away galaxy, not sure whether they are organic or constructed, friendly or malevolent. They want to touch and take them home in their pockets like a newly found treasure.
For over forty years he has been compelled to make these curious forms. Usually they are vases but sometimes they become teapots, bowls or jugs and sometimes they don’t have a name. Their creation has given him joy, despair, friends, money and backache.
Between 1960 and 1967 he studied at Stoke-on-Trent College He then spent three years at the Royal College of Art where he obtained his MA. He has taught ceramics over a number of years Initially as a Lecturer at York School of Art and then at Cardiff School of Art, University of Wales.
Over forty Museums and Public Collections own them including the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert in London.