Maker

Chris Keenan

At the age of 35, after 12 years working as an actor, Chris began a two year full-time apprenticeship with Edmund de Waal which was completed in November 1997. Since then he has worked independently on Vanguard Court, making his living as a potter.

Chris’ pots are wheel-thrown Limoges porcelain, principally reduction-fired utilising combinations of tenmoku and celadon glazes. The majority of the work will “do a job” if you want it to but over the past decade he has also been making one-off “extra-curricular” pieces – interactive installations that invite the audience to handle, move and “play” with the constituent parts of the piece.

Chris has exhibited widely around the world and his work is held in several museum collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Ashmolean and the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan. He designed SORA, a Japanese-inspired dinnerware range for Habitat UK and has undertaken funded artist residencies in the UK and Japan.

Chris says – “I think that pots communicate without words but if a piece draws the attention, causing someone to halt, to look, to contemplate...and further to this, if it triggers an urge to touch and physically engage, then a conversation has begun.”