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Post by studio-pots on Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:51 pm

I was surprised not to find a thread dedicated to Geoffrey Eastop when trying to inform the Forum that he had passed away on Christmas Day 2014 earlier so.......



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Post by studio-pots on Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:54 pm

Geoffrey Eastop was born in Norbury, South London in 1921 and, after originally working in insurance, trained as a fine artist at Goldsmith’s College from 1949 to 1952. He had intended to make a career as a painter but had dabbled with potting at Goldsmith’s and when the opportunity to get a paid position at the Odney Pottery came up he took it. After staying there for a year he was persuaded by Alan Caiger-Smith to join him in setting up the Aldermaston Pottery that specialised in tin glazed earthenware with painted decoration that combined Geoffrey’s potting skills and painter’s instincts admirably. Geoffrey stayed at Aldermaston for six years before deciding to start out on his own.

Staying in the Oxfordshire/Berkshire area for the rest of his career saw Geoffrey’s work change over the years. Initially, it mainly consisted of thrown and altered work in porcelain and stoneware but 1969 saw him begin a long and rewarding association with the artist, John Piper. More recently he spent many years developing an innovative hand building technique that he uses to explore the structure and surface of walls, which has further developed into his exploration of part figurative rock shapes.


Over the years Geoffrey lectured in art and design as well as ceramics and has undertaken major commissions that include a large mural for Reading Civic Centre in association with John Piper and floor and wall tiles for Robinson College Chapel in
Cambridge.

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"Cocorico" approximately 47cm tall

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Post by NaomiM on Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:36 pm

His work is in the Aldermaston thread.

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Post by studio-pots on Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:44 pm

NaomiM wrote:His work is in the Aldermaston thread.

No doubt, Naomi and that is where I posted my original mention of his death. However, he worked at Aldermaston for 6 years out of a 60 year career in ceramics, so I thought he deserved more of a mention than just that.

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It was when he moved to Padworth that he met the artist, John Piper, and they started working together.

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Vase with Abstract Design - Geoffrey Eastop

Post by moomingurl on Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:52 pm

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Re: Geoffrey Eastop

Post by studio-pots on Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:48 pm

I think you are holding the mark the wrong way but it is just a quick signature so difficult to see what the letters are.

Looks as if it could be Geoffrey Eastop.

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Post by studio-pots on Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:51 pm

I've checked and it is. He lived near Newbury so your neck of the woods.

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Post by moomingurl on Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:28 pm

Wow - thanks, Aldermaston guy then?
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