Karen Bunting

 

Karen began making pots in the early 70s.  She completed a degree in chemistry at University College London, then worked as a computer programmer before she discovered ceramics and quickly realised that ceramics was her real vocation. As a largely self-taught ceramicist, Karen worked briefly for a production potter in Yorkshire, then moved back to London and in 1977, set up her first pottery in Hackney, East London.

Amongst a number of inspirational sources, she describes herself as having two parents in ceramics – Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach, one from the Continental Bauhaus tradition and the other from the Anglo-Oriental tradition.  These two distinct strands both spoke to her and have provided the two springs from which her own work emerges.

Karen makes pots intended for use in the home. Her work is reduction fired stoneware; each piece is initially thrown or hand-built, then individually worked and decorated. Stripes, spots and cross-hatching map out the surface and reveal aspects of the form. The reduction firing produces muted colours, which are often marked out with darker lines of patterning. She is drawn to that particular quality of stillness and sobriety that pots can have and aim to make pieces that are quiet and contemplative, revealing their qualities to the viewer over time and through use and handling.

 

Karen was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Craft Potters Association in 2020.

Karen Bunting
irregular plate KB123Y1124
£85.00

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Karen Bunting
fluted small bowl KB123Y1122
£45.00

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Karen Bunting
indigo faceted teabowl KB123Y1120
£55.00

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Karen Bunting
fluted small bowl KB123Y1121
£48.00

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Karen Bunting
pale inlaid bowl KB123Y1117
£220.00

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Karen Bunting
cut sided bowl KB123Y1116
£90.00

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Karen Bunting
cut sided bowl KB123Y1115
£90.00

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Karen Bunting
cut sided vase KB123Y1113
£48.00

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Karen Bunting
cut sided vase KB123Y1112
£48.00

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Karen Bunting
bottle vase KB123Y1111
£70.00

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Karen Bunting
pale inlaid bottle KB123Y1110
£75.00

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Karen Bunting
indigo bottle vase KB123Y1109
£75.00

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Karen Bunting
tall fluted vase KB123Y1107
£180.00

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Karen Bunting
indigo fluted bottle KB123Y1105
£198.00

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Karen Bunting
pale fluted bottle KB123Y1104
£225.00

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Karen Bunting
small dish KB123Y1099
£38.00

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Karen Bunting
small dish KB123Y1098
£38.00

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Karen Bunting
teabowl KB123Y1097
£60.00

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Karen Bunting
kurinuki box KB123Y1091
£85.00

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Karen Bunting
kurinuki box KB123Y1090
£95.00

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Karen Bunting
indigo bowl KB123Y1088
£120.00

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Karen Bunting
fluted indigo bowl KB123Y1087
£220.00

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Karen Bunting
pale inlaid bowl KB123Y1086
£350.00

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Karen Bunting
indigo vase KB123Y1085
£75.00

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Karen Bunting
Lidded Box KB123Y1038
£220.00

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Karen Bunting
indigo fluted teabowl KB123Y1119
SOLD

PRODUCT CODE:KB123Y1119