Rob Whelpton

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Ceramics

About

1952                             Born: Hartlepool

Education

1971 – 74                     Diploma Art and Design, North Staffordshire Polytechnic

1974 – 75                     National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaberones, Botswana

1975 – 83                     Lived and worked in Denmark

1983 – 85                     Worked at Dartington Pottery, Devon

1985 – 89                     Set up Workshop at Salisbury- Resident Potter at Salisbury Arts Centre

 

Selected Exhibitions

2000, ’02, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’12  ’17      Solo Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath

 

2001

Christmas Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath

 

2000

20th Summer Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath

 

1999

Ceramicists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts Bath

 

1998

Summer Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath

 

1987

Art and Furniture Exhibition – Frome, Somerset

Raku-fired Ceramics Exhibition – Higher Street Gallery, Dartmouth,  Devon

 

1986

Raku Fired Ceramics Exhibition – Salisbury Arts Centre

Summer Exhibition , Beaux Arts Bath

 

Other Selected Exhibitions

Simon Drew Gallery – Dartmouth

Montpellier Gallery – Stratford on Avon

Chelsea Craft Fair

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Solo Ceramic Exhibtions – BEAUX ARTS – Bath

60 Years of Pottery Exhibition  – Cider Press

Gallery, Dartington

 

Rob has created a distinctive style of ceramic sculpture- and uses the ancient Raku process firing each art piece outdoors. The crackling of the glazes and vibrant colours of each sculpture is achieved by placing the red hot pots in sawdust, which ignites with the heat, further charring the unglazed areas. Changing humidity and temperature means that even for a sculptor of Whelpton’s experience each sculpture takes on a different and unexpected finish following the Raku process. His sculptures are coloured using slips and metallic salts and Whelpton often enhances his sculptures using gold leaf..