WELCH, Robin

1936 - ?

Robin Welch

Robin J. Welch, was born at 103 The Long Shoot, Nuneaton, Warwickshire in 1936, son of Arthur James Welch (8 March 1906-1 April 1975), who worked for the GPO, and his wife Kathleen Lillian née Snow (22 November 1906-1992), who married at Nuneaton in 1931. Robin studied at Nuneaton School of Art before moving to Cornwall in 1953, studying at Penzance School of Art and then a post-graduate at Londonís Central School of Art in the late 1950s being awarded National Diploma in Design for Sculpture and Ceramics. Robin worked part-time at the St Ives Pottery of Bernard Leach (1887-1979) between 1953 and 1959, spending 1956-1958 with 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment during National Service, after which he focused his ideas on abstract art towards ceramics. In London, inspired by an exhibition for the great American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko (1903-1970), in 1960 he set up his first workshop, also did part time teaching in schools and institutes. Three years later he emigrated to Australia and a further three years on, found him moving to East Anglia with his ceramicist wife Jennifer 'Jenny' Knowland, and the couple were based at High House Farm, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, Eye, Suffolk. In 1965 they set up a cottage industry, Stadbroke Pottery in an ancient barn, producing domestic ware with several assistants, winning major export orders to America but, due to wife's Jenny's neck and back problems, the enterprise was discontinued, but Robin continued to carve out a singular career with related prints, paintings and very sculptural pots. In 2012, he launched Wymondham Arts Centreís programme with a bold, bright and big solo show of 40 pots and nearly 30 pictures and has also exhibited at at Holtís Bircham Gallery, both in Norfolk. His work has been accepted by the Council of Industrial Design and exhibited through the Design Centre London also in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Munich, Salisbury, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Melbourne. He donated from Stradbroke to the Westhall Secret Postcard Auction in 2013, an oil small particles 'Conglomerate' which realised £38.

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