Date that this item was entered on to the web-site: 17th May 2002

Walter Keeler and Whieldon Wares:

Walter Keeler was interviewed at his home near Monmouth on 15 May 2002. He has been interviewed by NEVAC on several occasions but in this instance the subject was the design processes involved in producing his most recent work. This interview formed the basis of a conference paper given by Matthew Partington at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 21st September 2002. The conference proceedings are due to be published in 2003 by the English Ceramics Circle.

Walter is particularly known for his distinctive salt-glazed ceramics but in the past five years he has begun to make work inspired by 18th century English Whieldon wares. They are made in earthenware and decorated with splashes of colour in the tortosishell effect common to Whieldon wares. In 1999 Walter also worked on a series of large garden pots, a research project funded by the University of the West of England's Faculty of Art, Media and Design.

'Montieth', earthenware, by Walter Keeler, 2001.
Walter Keeler working on a large garden pot  at the University of the West of England, Bristol, 2000
earthenware, by Walter Keeler
Photograph © NEVAC 2001
Walter Keeler at the University of the West of England working on his large garden pots, 1999.
Photograph © NEVAC 2001