"Beau Ideal"
by Jude Jelfs
Slab-built eathenware.

Soda glazed jug by
John Jelfs

John Jelfs - biography

John was born in 1946 and studied ceramics at Cheltenham College of Art.

His pots are all hand-thrown, and the focus has always been on pure form. John uses celadon, ochre and shino glazes, made from wood ash and clay, ingredients local to the studio. Decoration is kept to a minimum. He also soda-fires and has a large wood-fired kiln located at the Whichford Pottery.

"I am excited most by the work of Bernard Leach, Hamada Shoji and the Eastern School of pottery. The strength of their pots lies, I feel, in their quietness."

John's work has been widely exhibited in leading galleries including Galerie Besson, Contemporary Ceramics and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, St Ives Ceramics in Cornwall, Beaux Arts in Bath, Rufford Ceramics Centre in Nottingham, as well as other galleries. It is included in many collections at home and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters' Association (CPA).

Jude Jelfs - biography

Jude studied Fine Art, and became a potter when she married John Jelfs. Over the last few years, she has returned to her roots, combining pottery with painting and sculpture in her current work.

Her ceramics range from flat, almost two-dimensional, slab-built vessels, in earthenware or porcelain, to 3-dimensional stoneware pieces.Some pieces are made in editions or series. Others are one-offs.

Jude also works in bronze.

Her work is on show at galleries in the UK and abroad, as well as in the shop at the Cotswold Pottery.
Stockists include: Stour Gallery, Shipston-on Stour, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London; St Ives Ceramics, St Ives, Cornwall; Schaller Gallery, St Joseph's, Michigan, USA, David Simon Gallery, Bath.

She is a Fellow of the Craft Potters’ Association (CPA).