Roger Cockram : Forty Years a Potter
21 November 2015 – 15 January 2016
This significant solo exhibition of Roger Cockram’s ceramics not only marked his forty years as a potter, but also gave a fantastic insight into how he is always developing new ideas for future pieces.
Roger was born in North Devon and after first working as a scientist, he decided to change direction and was accepted into the Harrow School of Art. After completing this, Roger chose to base his ceramics career back in North Devon, an area rich in ceramic history, producing a wealth of potters, from Brannam Pottery’s famous Arts & Crafts potters continuing through to todays international, ceramicists, Sven Bayer, Clive Bowen, Harry Juniper, Sandy Brown, and of course, including Roger Cockram.
Working from his Chittlehampton studio workshop, he is often invited to exhibit, lecture and demonstrate his skills in other parts of the world; as well as regularly showing his pieces at important UK and international ceramics festivals.
A Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain; he is also a Full Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and some years ago was invited to become an Academician of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts.
Roger’s ceramics are regarded as highly collectable, often being viewed as antiques of the future. For several years now, he has been commissioned to exhibit and sell through Bonhams, the international auction house based in London. His work is included in several private and public collections – both in the UK and around the world, currently including the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Hawaii and the U.S.A.
Articles in various ceramics magazines and two books have been produced about Roger’s work; an illustrated biographical essay, covering the progress of his creative life; ‘Roger Cockram – Stoneware Potter’, published in 1998 by Richard Dennis Publications and a biography; ‘In His Element’, written by Alan Marshall, published in 2012 by Mascot Media.
For some years his work often included marine life, harking back to Roger’s early career as a marine biologist - this attention to detail and his drawing qualities are a direct result of this background.