JOHN WARD (British, 1938-2023)

One of Britain’s foremost studio potters, John Ward built up a remarkable body of work characterised by slow, methodical hand-building, and a concern for the sculptural qualities of a pot. His practice focused on the marriage of glaze and form, working within a limited palette of matt glazes and evolving forms to produce subtle variations.

After falling in love with ceramics through evening pottery classes and visits to the British Museum, John Ward started his foundation course at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London at the age of 28. After graduating John Ward taught for some years, before moving to Pembrokeshire and devoting himself full-time to making.

John Ward is recognised as a leading figure in British Studio Ceramics and the publication of Emma Crichton- Miller’s book at the end of 2023 and supported in its publication by the Marak Foundation, The Pottery of John Ward was the first book to survey Ward’s life and work.

John Wards pots with their ‘refinement and otherworldly poise’ have inspired devoted admirers and collectors..