LARGE EARLY BRUTALIST STUDIO POTTED VASE BY BRITISH CERAMICIST BERNARD ROOKE

SUPERB LARGE EARLY BRUTALIST STUDIO POTTED VASE BY BRITISH CERAMICIST BERNARD ROOKE

CYLINDRICAL FORM WITH A ROLLED INNER RIM FEATURING ROOKE’S TYPICAL INCISED ABSTRACT DECORATION

GLAZED LOWER THIRD FEATURING A “SHAGREEN” TYPE GLAZE WITH MATTE RICH BISCUIT UPPER

ROOKE’S EMBOSSED NAME TO THE OUTER BODY AS NOTED

A STRONG EXAMPLE DESIGN WISE HANDSOME ON DISPLAY

MEASURING 180MM TALL BY 100MM IN DIAMETER

WEIGHING 1.29KGS

OFFERED IN EXCELLENT VINTAGE ORDER

CIRCA 1960’S

BERNARD ROOKE WAS BORN IN 1938

HE STUDIED AT THE IPSWICH SCHOOL OF ART BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE GOLDSMITHS’ COLLEGE, LONDON

IN 1960 HE SET UP HIS OWN STUDIO IN FOREST HILL, LONDON, SHARING THE PREMISES WITH ALAN WALLWORK

PROGRESSIVE DESIGNS WERE READILY ACCEPTED IN LONDON AT THAT TIME, AND ROOKE APPLIED HIS EFFORTS TO MAKING PIECES OF A SCULPTURAL NATURE

TO SUPPLEMENT HIS INCOME HE LECTURED AT LONDON UNIVERSITY AND AT GOLDSMITHS’ COLLEGE

THE EARLY PIECES WERE MAINLY FASHIONED BY HAND USING COILS AND BLOCKS

IN 1963 THE POTTERY MOVED TO LARGER PREMISES IN GREENWICH, BUT EVER IN NEED OF MORE SPACE, BERNARD MOVED TO SWILLAND, NEAR IPSWICH, SUFFOLK IN 1967, TO A HUGE MILL BUILDING

IN 1968, THE GRAND METROPOLITAN HOTEL COMMISSIONED ROOKE TO MAKE 120 STANDARD LAMPS, 120 TABLE LAMPS AS WELL AS A 24 FOOT LONG CERAMIC MURAL AND ANOTHER 9 FOOT HIGH, WHICH INCORPORATED INTERIOR LIGHTING

THE MONEY FROM THE COMMISSION HELPED TO PAY FOR MUCH NEEDED RESTORATION WORK ON THE MILL

BY THE 1970’S, A GALLERY SPACE WAS OPENED IN THE MILL AND RUN BY SUSAN ROOKE, BERNARD’S WIFE

STUDIO

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