Some people say my ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, some just remnants turning slowly to dust. Others see unidentified objects from a 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 I have 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.

I use Porcelain becuase it is the only material capable of expressing the feeling of delicacy and refinement I require. A very positive attitude to life is needed to cope with the daunting technical problems and skill required to make these beautiful, delicate objects which are more akin to fine jewellery.

Since 1980 my work has been regularly changing hands in sales of 20th Century Ceramics at Sothebys, Christies, Bonhams etc in London and New York, firmly establishing my ceramincs as collectable “antiques of the future”. Examples of my work are held in forty-two museums and other public collections throughout the world including the Victoria and Albert. I have been featured in over sixty international books and magazines, contributed to many group exhibitions and fourteen solo shows in Britain and the USA.


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Geoffrey Swindell

  • Geoffrey Swindell


Education: Stoke-on-Trent College of Art 1960 - 67
Royal College of Art 1967 - 70

Lecturer: York School of Art 1970 - 75
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 1975 - 2003


Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
Museum and Art Gallery, Reading
Museum and Art Gallery, Bradford
Museum and Art Gallery, Newport, Gwent
Museum and Art Gallery, Portsmouth
Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Ballantyne Collection
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Holburne Museum, Bath
Royal Ulster Museum, Belfast
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
Castle Museum, Norwich
Abbot Hall, Museum, Kendal
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Abingdon Museum, Oxfordshire
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
Welsh Arts Council
Crafts Council, London
Yorkshire Education Authority
Gallery Oldham, Manchester.
Boyman-van Beunigen, Rotterdam
Art and History Museum, Brussels
Princessenhof Museum, Leeuwarden, Holland
Museum of Applied Arts, (Powerhouse Museum) , Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Perth Museum, Australia
Museum for Applied Art, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Hanover, Germany
Keramion Ceramics Museum Germany
National Museum for Ceramics, Valencia, Spain
Landes Museum of Decorative Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Bellerive Museum, Switzerland
County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Institute of Art, Chicago, U.S.A
The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, North Carolina. USA
Taipei County,Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan.
Arizona State University, Art Museum, U.S.A.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art, California. USA
Arkansas Art Centre, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA


1972 British Craft Centre. London (now Contemporary Applied Arts)
1974 Oxford Gallery, Oxford.
1974 Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham.
1974 Sutton College, Surrey
1978 National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
1979 Oxford Gallery, Oxford.
1980 James Graham & Sons Gallery, New York
1985 James Graham & Sons Gallery, New York
1988 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
1997 European Ceramics, Yorkshire
1999 James Graham & Sons Gallery, New York.
2002 Newport Museum & Art Gallery. Newport. S.Wales
2003 JG Contemporary (James Graham & Sons) New York
2006 James Graham & Sons. New York