Walter Keeler (studio potter)

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Thrown, altered, salt glazed teapot
Cut branch teapot (2008), Harris Museum

Walter Keeler (b 1942) is a British studio potter and was professor of Ceramics at the University of the West of England from 1994 to 2002. Keeler makes salt glaze pottery influenced by early Staffordshire Creamware.[1]

Keeler was born in London and attended Harrow School of Art, London from 1958 until 1963 where he was trained by Michael Casson.[2] He established his first pottery at Bledlow Bridge, Buckinghamshire in 1965 and in 1976 he moved his studio to Penallt Wales, where he lives with his wife Madoline.[3][4] Writer Oliver Watson described him as "one of the most important and influential potters of the 1980's"[2]

Keelers work is held in a number of public collections including Victoria & Albert Museum,[5] National Museum Wales, American Craft Museum, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art , Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.[6]

Keeler is the president of the South Wales Potters[7] and in 2007 was named Welsh Artist of the Year. [8]


  1. ^ "- Biography - Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Information Centre". 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Watson Oliver (1993). Studio Pottery. Phaidon. p. 197. ISBN 071482948X.
  3. ^ Hopper Robin. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose. Krause Books. p. 222. ISBN 978-0873418171.
  4. ^ "Walter Keeler - Biography & Works - Bircham Gallery". 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Dish | Walter Keeler | V&A Search the Collections". 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Walter Keeler". 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "IT'S THE WEEKEND: The popular world of pottery (From South Wales Argus)". 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. The president of the South Wales Potters,
  8. ^ "Keeler named Welsh Artist of the Year for the joy of 'W.I.'. - Free Online Library". 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.