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Julian Stair

Julian Stair is one of the UK’s leading potters and writers on ceramics.

He took up pottery at 16 and went on to study at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years and has work in over 20 public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Council, American Museum of Art & Design, New York, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Recent exhibitions include Quotidian at Corvi-Mora Gallery, London and Quietus: The Vessel, Death and the Human Body at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and on tour throughout UK.  From common rituals surrounding death to the daily touch of a cup Stair’s work celebrates the dynamics of use and the way that pottery permeates and is integral to human experience. A regular contributor to ceramic publications since the 1980s, Julian is an authority on the history of English studio ceramics. In 2002 he completed a PhD at the Royal College of Art researching the critical origins of English studio pottery. He has written extensively, most recently contributing a catalogue essay on William Staite Murray for the exhibition Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray: Art and Life 1920-1931, Leeds Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge & Dulwich Picture Gallery, London in 2014.