ROBIN WELCH (1936-2019)
British artist Robin Welch was amongst a small contingent of significant studio potters whose works are recognized by its asymmetric, expressive textures, and bold forms. He would at times combine wheel thrown with slab built elements that demonstrate both a confidence and mature sense of materiality. He studied at the Central School in London with other prominent makers in the 1950's which included Ruth Duckworth, Gordon Baldwin and William Turnbull. For a time worked for he for the most well known of British potters - Bernard and Michael Leach.
It is thought that the landscape played a central inspirational force both through his organic form and abstract application of vivid color. Rothko was also thought to be a major influence on his use of color in his glazing. While his own work is internationally recognized for his expressive looser approach, Welch was remarkably also commissioned as a skilled designer for prominent factories Wedgwood, Midwinter, and Denby.