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Post by studio-pots on October 18th 2013, 9:51 pm

Patrick Sargent was a special talent, although I have to admit that when I first saw his work I wasn't immediately impressed. Nonetheless over the years he was able to change my views and was undoubtedly a significant influence on many wood-firing potters working today.

Born in Northampton England in 1956, Patrick studied wood firing at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham from 1977 to 1980 under Paul Barron and Henry Hammond. There he gained a First Class Honours degree and Paul Barron was to famously say that Patrick would be "one of the last out of Farnham to make pots like this".

After establishing two workshops in England, Patrick travelled and worked in Germany, France and Switzerland for two years from 1986 before settling down in Switzerland. There he continued to live and work until his death in 1998, exhibiting both here and on the continent, including a solo exhibition at Contemporary Ceramics and two at the Harlequin Gallery (in 1994 and 1996).

For Patrick's last exhibition at the Harlequin Gallery in 1996 he supplied a statement, which I feel is worth repeating here. "Most days I take an early morning walk in the forest. It is just one part of my way of being. I like it when my pots give me the same feeling as that forest walk. I certainly seek to capture qualities of directness, freedom and rhythm that I only find in nature. Neither the pot nor the forest walk is the final statement, merely a small part of a long road."

Sadly, the "road" was not anywhere near as long as it should have been but we do have the legacy of Patrick's pots to continue to cherish and enjoy.

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Post by studio-pots on October 18th 2013, 10:05 pm

Below are images of one of Patrick's teabowls originally shown in his 1994 Harlequin Gallery exhibition: -








One of the major problems with identifying Patrick's work is that it was never marked so you really have to be careful when buying pots purporting to have been made by Patrick. I know of one international auction house and a leading studio potter dealer based in the UK who having sold teabowls as being by Patrick when they were not.

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Post by skipposal on October 19th 2013, 5:14 pm

What a lovely statement of making. And what an accomplished pot. Thanks SP
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Post by big ed on October 20th 2013, 2:56 pm

Great Potter , Great Pot Excellent 

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Post by studio-pots on October 20th 2013, 4:59 pm

This is a bigger teabowl: - 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) high and 6.0 inches (15.25 cm) in diameter with a celadon glaze. Other than covered in ash that is about all the colours that Patrick's work comes in.



So never in black.

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Post by studio-pots on October 20th 2013, 5:01 pm

Inside the bowl above and the foot.




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