Amanda Popham

Born: 1954

Amanda  Popham

Amanda Popham is one of our favourite ceramicists.

Instantly recognisable, Amanda Popham’s bottles and vessels are the product of a lifetime’s devotion to drawing as a means of expressing an idea or emotion and to the tradition of ceramics itself. From the earliest years of her art career she has had an ever-widening circle of collectors for her idiosyncratic and fantastic pieces.

Amanda studied at a thrilling time for those working in the field of ceramics and studio pottery. Old rules were being broken and a drive for experimentation at every level gave Amanda and her contemporaries a buzz for pushing boundaries, letting their imaginations drive the work.

At the Royal College of Art, in London, Amanda Popham came into contact with a wealth of inspirational artists that increased the sense of what could be achieved. Eduardo Paolozzi was on the teaching staff alongside Jacqui Poncelet, Alison Britton and Glenys Barton, all were pioneers of the new spirit in ceramics and had recently graduated from the RCA themselves.

Amanda's reputation was established at Liberty's when in the 90s the famous London store promoted new British artists. Since then she has won the INAX prize, a pan European design award, and she is also a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Her creative mastery has attracted many collectors and the price of her work continues to rise, reflecting her expertise and high levels of demand.

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