John Jelfs

John Jelfs is a fellow of the Craft Potters Association and a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. His work has been widely exhibited in leading galleries including Galerie Besson and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Alpha House in Sherborne, Beaux Arts, Bath, Rufford Ceramics Centre in Nottingham and is also included in many collections in the UK and abroad.

John studied ceramics at Cheltenham College of Art with his pots all wheel thrown and a focus on the ‘pure form’. Using celadon, ochre and shino glazes, made from wood ash and clay, John enjoys using ingredients local to the studio and keeping the decoration minimal to accentuate the form itself.

‘I am excited most by the work of Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada and the Eastern School of pottery. The strength of their pots lies, I feel, in their quietness. A newly built kiln has also enabled me to start soda-firing.’ – John Jelfs