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John McKeag

John McKeag Ceramicist
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Thinking through clay

  • • John's pieces investigate form and colour
  • • He often uses multiple firings to achieve the final look
  • • He pushes his ceramics to the limit

John McKeag is a maker who thinks through clay. He works intuitively, allowing room in his approach for ‘things to happen’. He often leaves a piece to sit for weeks, months or years until he is ready to return to it. Using multiple firings, he creates textured and brightly coloured surfaces; a signature influenced by his training as a painter. His most recent work looks at the vessel as a form that occupies space and contains space. He creates double walled vessels which play with the solidity of the form by perforating the surface; creating small windows into the interior. His passion for his material is clear and he described it as allowing him to live a creative life, connect on a deeper level to himself and the world around him.

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Works

  • © J. McKeag
  • © J. McKeag
  • © J. McKeag
  • © J. McKeag
  • © J. McKeag
Photo: © J. McKeag
More Hole Than Bowl

A large green blue double walled bowl. Wheel thrown and hand perforated. Decorated using engobe and crawl glaze.

Width 36 cm
Height 22 cm
Diameter 36 cm

Photo: © J. McKeag
Riddled Bowls

Wheel thrown double walled bowls in various bright colours: green, yellow and orange. Hand perforated and decorated using engobes and crawl glazes. These pieces where multiple times.

Width 20 cm
Height 14 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © J. McKeag
Riddled Bowl

Wheel thrown double walled bowl. Hand perforated with yellow engobe and white crawl glaze decoration.

Width 22 cm
Height 18 cm
Diameter 18 cm

Photo: © J. McKeag
Plates

Wheel thrown side plates. Decorated with underglaze and a celadon blue glaze. The bowls are pale blue with darker blue spots flecked on the surface .

Width 20 cm
Height 2 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © J. McKeag
Pourers

A group of small spouted pourers. Wheel thrown and glazed in various colours.

Width 7 cm
Height 10 cm
Diameter 7 cm

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