Chris Keenan

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Born 1st June 1960


Chris began working with clay in his mid-thirties when he began a two year apprenticeship with Edmund de Waal. His collection includes beakers, bowls, cups, teapots, jugs and pots for flowers.  Most recently, Chris spent six weeks as Artist-in-Residence at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan working with local clays and glazes. He was invited to fire work in the salt-glaze and noborigama kilns of Tomoo Hamada.



1978-81             University of Hull – BA Hons. Drama

1981-82             Postgraduate acting course – London

1982-95             Worked as a professional actor in theatre and television

1995-97             Apprenticed to Edmund de Waal

1998-                Working from own studio in London


Fellow of the Craft Potters Association

Member of Contemporary Applied Arts

Chair of the Craft Pottery Charitable Trust


Solo Shows

2016, Nov          Beaux Arts, Bath

2016, July-Oct  ‘Houseplace’ a residency at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, organised by Lakeland Arts and the Craft Potters Association and funded by the Headley Trust.

2015, March     Beaux Arts, Bath

2013, Feb          Beaux Arts, Bath

2012, May       New Craftsman, St Ives

2011, Feb          Beaux Arts, Bath

2009, Feb          Beaux Arts, Bath

2006, May         Beaux Arts, Bath

2005, May         Spiral Gallery, Settle

2004, April         Beaux Arts, Bath

2002, June         Primavera, Cambridge

2001, Nov          White Gallery, Hove


Selected Group Shows


“Stuff I Live With; Stuff I Love” – Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria



Vessels – Contemporary British Ceramics – Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan

Out of Sight – CAA, London

Craft Into Industry – CAA, London



Make It Slow – part of Art Unpacked, a Chrysalis Arts project, a UK touring exhibition

British Ceramics Biennial – Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent

Cheongju Ceramic Biennale – Cheongju, Korea

Ceramics Now – Gallery at Bevere, Worcestershire



Domestic Matters – CAA, London

Summertime Blues – Leach Pottery, St Ives

Focus – CAA, London

Hay Festival with the Bowie Gallery – Herefordshire

Joze Art Fair with Zimmer Stewart Gallery– London



Tablescapes – Talbot House Gallery, London

Decorex – London

Tokyo Art Fair – with Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo

Ceramic Biennial 2011, Award Exhibition – Stoke-on-Trent

Functional Pots – Oxford Ceramics, Oxford

A Day in the life of Vanguard Court – Mashiko Museum of  Ceramic Art, Japan

Collect – with Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London



Starting Point Series II – Siobhan Davies Studios, London

Handmade – Fortnum & Mason, London

Festival Show – Bowie Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

78 Derngate, Northampton



2006                Best in Show – Awarded by Grand Designs Magazine at Origin – The London Craft Fair

2006                 Commissioned by Habitat to design an accredited range of tableware

2005                 Awarded by Evening Standard Homes & Property

2005                 Best Domestic Product at the Chelsea Crafts Fair

1999                 Crafts Council setting-up grant


Public Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan

Contemporary Art Society

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Gallery Oldham

mima, Middlesbrough

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

York Art Gallery