About Robert Silver
I’m primarily a thrower and make small batches of domestic ware which include lots of jugs (I enjoy the hand-building element of joining handles and spouts). Espresso coffee cups, beakers, bowls and teapots are amongst my staples.
My work has been described as Post Industrial, Steam Punk and Art Deco-meets-Leach. All are labels I can live with and all imply a little attitude – which I like. However, what I really like is the idea that people should want to use my work, ideally every day.
Technical Stuff: I work on an electric wheel (a Shimpo Whisper) and use a white stoneware clay, fired in a neutral atmosphere to about 1260C (cone 8ish for the potters out there).
Like the pots, this site is a work in progress. Its purpose – anyway, at the moment – is to be a space where I can show images of my work, share some pot-based thoughts and let people know how and where to find me.
This is because I make very small batches and am still playing with my designs. Therefore, my images do not always show my latest work or what I’m currently selling which makes on-line trading difficult.
At the moment, for practical reasons, this site is not set up for on-line sales. However, if you are interested in purchasing my work (or even would like to know more about it) please email me at email@example.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible with prices etc.
The Back Story
In career 1, I worked as a pottery assistant, an art school technician, trained as an old school studio potter at Harrow Collage of Art and made everything from storage jars (sold in Covent Garden market) to abstracted wall panels (exhibited in Brixton).
Career 2, began with a four year stint as a mature student followed by nearly 20 years as a freelance writer (Times, Guardian, Studio Pottery, Restaurant and FX all took my work). That was followed by teaching for Open Age (activities for people over the age of 50). I’m still doing it – but I’m also back with the pots. It feels good.