Julian Stair is one of the UK’s leading potters. He studied at Camberwell School of Art and the RCA. He has exhibited internationally and has work in 30 public collections (V&A Museum, British Museum, American Museum of Art & Design, New York, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Kolumba Museum, Cologne, Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge). Recent solo exhibitions include Quietus: The Vessel, Death and the Human Body, (mima, NMW Cardiff, Winchester Cathedral, Somerset House, London 2012-14, Manchester Cathedral 2016); and Quotidian (Corvi-Mora Gallery, London 2014-15). Exhibitions in 2016 include Rosemarie Jäger Gallery, Hochheim, Frankfurt, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Frieze Art Fair and Oxford Ceramics Gallery.
Julian is a leading historian of English studio ceramics. He completed a PhD at the RCA researching the critical origins of English studio pottery and has written extensively. Publications include The Body Politic: The Role of the Body in Contemporary Craft, Crafts Council, 2000 and Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture, Co-editor with C. Brown & C. Twomey, Routledge, 2016. Recent essays include essays on William Staite Murray for the exhibition on Ben & Winifred Nicholson Art and Life 1920-1931, Leeds Art Gallery, 2014, and on Shoji Hamada, Ceramics, Art, and Cultural Production in Modern Japan, Hawaii University Press and an essay on the origins of English studio ceramics for the exhibition Modern British Ceramics, Yale Centre for British Art, both essays to be published in 2017. He is a member of the V&A Research Institute.
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