My Story

I was born in England in 1972 and grew up in Norfolk surrounded by Thetford forest. 

When I was young I became interested in the local history around me after regularly finding Prehistoric stone age tools knapped from flint.

This area is well known for revealing fine examples of Neolithic flint knapped tools with the famous Grimes Graves flint mines only 10 kms away.

Grimes Graves flint mines. Norfolk, UK

Most museums in the east of England have beautiful collections of flint tools on display, showing much variety of shape and use. As well as the prehistoric displays there is usually a great selection of Anglo Saxon artefacts to see. These visits made me increasingly aware of old Saxon pottery, low fired functional objects made from local clays for everyday use, fragile, humble and honest. The language of these pots still resonate with me to this day, earthy surfaces and timeless forms, each pot with its own story to tell with personality and character. 

In 1997 I visited the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts in Norwich. A private collection of artefacts from around the world exhibited alongside modern contemporary art.

Historic Jomon pottery and Cycladic figurines beautifully exhibited alongside modern art of Degas and Henry Moore, among others.

Sainsbury Centre. Norwich, Norfolk, UK

It was during this visit that I saw their huge collection of Lucie Rie and Hans Coper pots. At the time I had no idea who these people were but the work of Hans Coper had a huge impact on me. It was a language of expression that resonated deep within me but I had no idea why.

 To try and understand I began a full time ceramic course at the local college.

The following year in 1998 my journey continued to Cardiff University to study a degree under the tuition of Peter Starkey and Geoffrey Swindell.

This was a great teaching combination, Peter was very much from the Bernard Leach tradition giving us an understanding of traditional pottery, its origins and philosophies.

In contrast Geoff who was taught by Rie and Coper at the Royal College of Art introduced us to the concept of fine art pottery. Gently challenging tradition whilst still remaining respectful. This was the language that I had connected with seeing the work Rie and Coper some years before.

I graduated in 2001 and worked within education at Cardiff University before teaching for the Prison Service.

Dameon Lynn - 2001 Degree Show 

In 2010 I opened my first studio and gallery in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Here I was able to develop my own ceramic style and language as well as making utilitarian ware.

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Collection of my work - 2014

Now the story continues in Catalonia, Spain.

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dameon lynn

ceramics